One fifth of Basildon's estates are amongst the poorest in the country

Gavin Callaghan - labour candidate talking to John McKay about the food bank.

Gavin Callaghan - labour candidate talking to John McKay about the food bank.

First published in Echo News

TWENTY-TWO of Basildon’s estates are among the poorest in the country, new Government figures reveal.

The borough’s opposition Labour group has said the Government numbers show the ruling administration need to take urgent action.

The figures also show about one quarter of children in the town live in poverty.

Of the 110 estates in the borough, Felmores, in Pitsea is ranked as the poorest, followed by Five Links in Laindon, and the part of Fryerns that snakes around Broadmayne and Upper Mayne, according to new Government figures.

Labour has called for two initiatives to tackle the issue including spending £20,000 to set up a Fairness Commission- which would examine ways in which the council can tackle the problem. The party also wants to see a child poverty action group set up, which would ensure all council policies did not affect already poverty stricken households.

Byron Taylor, deputy leader of the party’s group on the council, will table a motion at next month’s full council meeting calling for the measures.

He claims more than 3,000 residents who are in work still receive housing benefit because employers pay such lowwages.

He said: “It’s outrageous the council is spending £100,000 on free parking in Billericay and Wickford yet we are home to some of the most deprived areas in the country.

“Yet north of the A127 has some of the wealthiest areas. It sticks in my mind when we’re told that we’re all in this together.”

A proposed child poverty group – made up of community leaders, churchgoers, and important individuals – would send reports to MPs and councils on the impact cuts to services such as children’s centres, and changes in council tax could have on households.

Figures from the campaign group End Child Poverty show in 2012, Basildon was home to more child poverty than northern towns such as Bolton, Barnsley, Wigan, and Doncaster.

Labour’s candidate for John Baron’s Billericay and Basildon seat, Gavin Callaghan, added: “The real tragedy here is that this is not the feckless unemployed. These are households that are in work but yet are still classed as in poverty.

“Yet the council never does a risk assessment on people’s lives when they push through its policy – it’s always about money.”

Plans to invest £20,000 into setting up a Fairness Commission were turned down at a full council meeting last Thursday.

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7:03am Wed 26 Feb 14

Kim Gandy says...

"Labour has called for two initiatives to tackle the issue including spending £20,000 to set up a Fairness Commission- which would examine ways in which the council can tackle the problem."

Just what we need: another expensive and useless quango run by overpaid fatcat bureaucrats.

"Labour’s candidate for John Baron’s Billericay and Basildon seat, Gavin Callaghan, added: “The real tragedy here is that this is not the feckless unemployed. These are households that are in work but yet are still classed as in poverty."

Says the champagne Socialist who lives in a mansion with a Merc on the drive.

Yeah right.

Why is the Echo bigging up this individual? He merely gives soundbites while posing as a PPC.

Most of his time he is on Tw@tter ripping people's characters to shreds and spreading lies. Or sitting in council meetings snarling like a petulant schoolboy.

What? ANOTHER Standards Board complaint?
"Labour has called for two initiatives to tackle the issue including spending £20,000 to set up a Fairness Commission- which would examine ways in which the council can tackle the problem." Just what we need: another expensive and useless quango run by overpaid fatcat bureaucrats. "Labour’s candidate for John Baron’s Billericay and Basildon seat, Gavin Callaghan, added: “The real tragedy here is that this is not the feckless unemployed. These are households that are in work but yet are still classed as in poverty." Says the champagne Socialist who lives in a mansion with a Merc on the drive. Yeah right. Why is the Echo bigging up this individual? He merely gives soundbites while posing as a PPC. Most of his time he is on Tw@tter ripping people's characters to shreds and spreading lies. Or sitting in council meetings snarling like a petulant schoolboy. What? ANOTHER Standards Board complaint? Kim Gandy
  • Score: 9

8:57am Wed 26 Feb 14

kyprman says...

Same reason they "bigged up" the Wickford UKIP candidates.
Same reason they "bigged up" the Wickford UKIP candidates. kyprman
  • Score: 0

9:33am Wed 26 Feb 14

Kim Gandy says...

kyprman wrote:
Same reason they "bigged up" the Wickford UKIP candidates.
Read my comments on the other story on here about UKIP candidates..

http://www.echo-news
.co.uk/news/11035818
.Wickford_stalwarts_
will_battle_for_Ukip
/?action=success
[quote][p][bold]kyprman[/bold] wrote: Same reason they "bigged up" the Wickford UKIP candidates.[/p][/quote]Read my comments on the other story on here about UKIP candidates.. http://www.echo-news .co.uk/news/11035818 .Wickford_stalwarts_ will_battle_for_Ukip /?action=success Kim Gandy
  • Score: -4

9:39am Wed 26 Feb 14

Kim Gandy says...

I am correcting myself: Callaghan now lives in the yuppyfied Ikon. He's moved out of the mansion into a more central part of Basildon now he is PCC so he can strut his stuff in the local hostelries and big himself up to the patrons of the Beehive and the Moon on the Square.

A true Socialist!
I am correcting myself: Callaghan now lives in the yuppyfied Ikon. He's moved out of the mansion into a more central part of Basildon now he is PCC so he can strut his stuff in the local hostelries and big himself up to the patrons of the Beehive and the Moon on the Square. A true Socialist! Kim Gandy
  • Score: 3

12:29pm Wed 26 Feb 14

therealreason says...

Everyone is poorer under the Tories, and that includes our estates. Back to the dark ages, we don't even have any streetlights after midnight now
Everyone is poorer under the Tories, and that includes our estates. Back to the dark ages, we don't even have any streetlights after midnight now therealreason
  • Score: 0

1:42pm Wed 26 Feb 14

angryofessex says...

Sorry if it has nothing to do with this article, but why are comments not being allowed on the Dale Farm story. LL must be straining at the starting blocks.
Sorry if it has nothing to do with this article, but why are comments not being allowed on the Dale Farm story. LL must be straining at the starting blocks. angryofessex
  • Score: 4

3:44pm Wed 26 Feb 14

ThisYear says...

angryofessex wrote:
Sorry if it has nothing to do with this article, but why are comments not being allowed on the Dale Farm story. LL must be straining at the starting blocks.
It would seem its you who is frustrated you can post on the article and doing the straining..and a bit too much by the sounds of your posts..desist or you'll give yourself posting hemorrhoids.. to go with your posted bs.
[quote][p][bold]angryofessex[/bold] wrote: Sorry if it has nothing to do with this article, but why are comments not being allowed on the Dale Farm story. LL must be straining at the starting blocks.[/p][/quote]It would seem its you who is frustrated you can post on the article and doing the straining..and a bit too much by the sounds of your posts..desist or you'll give yourself posting hemorrhoids.. to go with your posted bs. ThisYear
  • Score: -9

7:14pm Wed 26 Feb 14

keepitreal says...

tell the people of theses area's to get off there arses and get a job. that do's not mean appearing on Jeremy kyle
tell the people of theses area's to get off there arses and get a job. that do's not mean appearing on Jeremy kyle keepitreal
  • Score: -13

8:43pm Wed 26 Feb 14

Mattster says...

angryofessex wrote:
Sorry if it has nothing to do with this article, but why are comments not being allowed on the Dale Farm story. LL must be straining at the starting blocks.
Nothing concerning traveller's is allowed a comments section, another example of some being more equal than others.
[quote][p][bold]angryofessex[/bold] wrote: Sorry if it has nothing to do with this article, but why are comments not being allowed on the Dale Farm story. LL must be straining at the starting blocks.[/p][/quote]Nothing concerning traveller's is allowed a comments section, another example of some being more equal than others. Mattster
  • Score: 6

8:46pm Wed 26 Feb 14

Mattster says...

angryofessex wrote:
Sorry if it has nothing to do with this article, but why are comments not being allowed on the Dale Farm story. LL must be straining at the starting blocks.
And he's using the username 'ThisYear' now as a heads up.
[quote][p][bold]angryofessex[/bold] wrote: Sorry if it has nothing to do with this article, but why are comments not being allowed on the Dale Farm story. LL must be straining at the starting blocks.[/p][/quote]And he's using the username 'ThisYear' now as a heads up. Mattster
  • Score: 4

9:49pm Wed 26 Feb 14

ThisYear says...

Mattster wrote:
angryofessex wrote:
Sorry if it has nothing to do with this article, but why are comments not being allowed on the Dale Farm story. LL must be straining at the starting blocks.
Nothing concerning traveller's is allowed a comments section, another example of some being more equal than others.
Can you explain why you feel the links posted are considered 'more equal than others'

Being they also do not have the facilities to comment on them?

http://www.echo-news
.co.uk/news/local_ne
ws/11035812.Canvey_m
an_arrested_on_suspi
cion_of_being_a_loan
_shark/

http://www.echo-news
.co.uk/news/local_ne
ws/11034909.Basildon
_Council_unveils_whe
re_it_wants_to_build
_homes/

http://www.echo-news
.co.uk/archive/2014/
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e_dismiss_online_rob
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[quote][p][bold]Mattster[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]angryofessex[/bold] wrote: Sorry if it has nothing to do with this article, but why are comments not being allowed on the Dale Farm story. LL must be straining at the starting blocks.[/p][/quote]Nothing concerning traveller's is allowed a comments section, another example of some being more equal than others.[/p][/quote]Can you explain why you feel the links posted are considered 'more equal than others' Being they also do not have the facilities to comment on them? http://www.echo-news .co.uk/news/local_ne ws/11035812.Canvey_m an_arrested_on_suspi cion_of_being_a_loan _shark/ http://www.echo-news .co.uk/news/local_ne ws/11034909.Basildon _Council_unveils_whe re_it_wants_to_build _homes/ http://www.echo-news .co.uk/archive/2014/ 02/24/11033221.Polic e_dismiss_online_rob bery_rumours/?ref=ar c ThisYear
  • Score: -4

9:50pm Wed 26 Feb 14

ThisYear says...

Mattster wrote:
angryofessex wrote:
Sorry if it has nothing to do with this article, but why are comments not being allowed on the Dale Farm story. LL must be straining at the starting blocks.
And he's using the username 'ThisYear' now as a heads up.
Twit...you are the one who is catching up..two weeks too late to announce your 'scope'
[quote][p][bold]Mattster[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]angryofessex[/bold] wrote: Sorry if it has nothing to do with this article, but why are comments not being allowed on the Dale Farm story. LL must be straining at the starting blocks.[/p][/quote]And he's using the username 'ThisYear' now as a heads up.[/p][/quote]Twit...you are the one who is catching up..two weeks too late to announce your 'scope' ThisYear
  • Score: -7

7:07am Thu 27 Feb 14

Happy Chickie says...

Kim Gandy wrote:
kyprman wrote:
Same reason they "bigged up" the Wickford UKIP candidates.
Read my comments on the other story on here about UKIP candidates..

http://www.echo-news

.co.uk/news/11035818

.Wickford_stalwarts_

will_battle_for_Ukip

/?action=success
You mean rants, not comments.
[quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]kyprman[/bold] wrote: Same reason they "bigged up" the Wickford UKIP candidates.[/p][/quote]Read my comments on the other story on here about UKIP candidates.. http://www.echo-news .co.uk/news/11035818 .Wickford_stalwarts_ will_battle_for_Ukip /?action=success[/p][/quote]You mean rants, not comments. Happy Chickie
  • Score: 8

2:05pm Thu 27 Feb 14

I-say-you-say says...

keepitreal wrote:
tell the people of theses area's to get off there arses and get a job. that do's not mean appearing on Jeremy kyle
Obviously someone needs to stop watching Jeremy Kyle and learn to read as the article clearly states that the families are working but are being paid such low wages that they still have to claim benefits and are still living in poverty!

Personally, I think removing the Sky TV, the latest mobile phones and contracts, giving up smoking etc would help put more money into the household and keeping the kids out of poverty.

When I was young, I didn't have a mobile or even freeview - just the basic 4 channels (5 in my latter youth), I didn't get pocket money, my parents didn't drink or smoke and yes, we weren't living in poverty but we certainly weren't living in luxury and believe it or not, I am a perfectly well rounded adult. I don't think it would hurt the kids of nowadays to learn what "going without" can make of them!
[quote][p][bold]keepitreal[/bold] wrote: tell the people of theses area's to get off there arses and get a job. that do's not mean appearing on Jeremy kyle[/p][/quote]Obviously someone needs to stop watching Jeremy Kyle and learn to read as the article clearly states that the families are working but are being paid such low wages that they still have to claim benefits and are still living in poverty! Personally, I think removing the Sky TV, the latest mobile phones and contracts, giving up smoking etc would help put more money into the household and keeping the kids out of poverty. When I was young, I didn't have a mobile or even freeview - just the basic 4 channels (5 in my latter youth), I didn't get pocket money, my parents didn't drink or smoke and yes, we weren't living in poverty but we certainly weren't living in luxury and believe it or not, I am a perfectly well rounded adult. I don't think it would hurt the kids of nowadays to learn what "going without" can make of them! I-say-you-say
  • Score: 1

6:00pm Thu 27 Feb 14

iknowbetter says...

"Quote from Kim Gandy"
"Most of his time he is on Tw@tter ripping people's characters to shreds and spreading lies. Or sitting in council meetings snarling like a petulant schoolboy."
***

Resemble's someone on here. :)
"Quote from Kim Gandy" "Most of his time he is on Tw@tter ripping people's characters to shreds and spreading lies. Or sitting in council meetings snarling like a petulant schoolboy." *** Resemble's someone on here. :) iknowbetter
  • Score: 2

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