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  • Steff Dr Who
    Article: Jan 12, 2021

    Following the decision by Norfolk Tories not to revisit and reverse the decision to stop outdoor learning and sell Holt Hall rather than develop a plan to secure the future of outdoor learning at Holt Hall together with the investment required to ensure its long term sustainability, at the Special Council meeting on 11 January 2021, Steff Aquarone, Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group on Norfolk County Council said -

  • Holt Hall
    Article: Dec 14, 2020

    A challenge to the decision to close Holt Hall involving the two main opposition political groups at county hall was launched today. A special council meeting is being requisitioned to pressure the Conservative cabinet to reverse the closure and sell off decision and instead find a long term solution to keep outdoor learning for young people from Holt Hall.

  • photo of Sarah Butikofer
    Article: Dec 2, 2020

    The extent of the Council's failure is shown in the report to the Cabinet meeting on 7 December 2020 on the future of Holt Hall. The Council has lost £270,000 over the last three years through its conservative running of the service.

    Rather than reimagining the service and working to get more people and income into this valuable learning centre it intends to close it leaving up to 3,000 of Norfolk's children with less outdoor learning facilities.

  • Steffan Aquarone, Mid Norfolk parliamentary candidate
    Article: Oct 27, 2020

    In response to the report to Norfolk County Council's cabinet meeting on 2 November 2020 on the Council's response to Covid 19 - initial lessons learnt, Liberal Democrat Group leader, Steff Aquarone said -

    "We are really disappointed by this report as the County Council continues to do more navel gazing on Covid 19. County Councillors need to hear feedback from the experiences of people across society in Norfolk- not just public sector officials, no matter how hard they're working.

    This is why the Liberal Democrats have consistently called for an independent local enquiry - like the one we persuaded the Government to do, but specifically for Norfolk. National partners are already benefiting from the lessons learned in the first wave - why are Norfolk Tories so insistent they don't want to listen to those people who were directly affected and have dealt with Covid first hand?

  • AAS
    Article: Oct 22, 2020

    The Care Act 2014 makes it clear that local authorities must provide or arrange services that help prevent people from developing care and support needs, or at the very least attempt to delay the deterioration that leaves people dependent on care.

    Yet once again, Norfolk Conservatives are proposing to slash social care budgets: next year another £17 million is planned to be cut, meaning social care is again shouldering nearly half of the council's overall cuts.