Yesterday, I took leave from my day job in the NHS to work on Council issues, the main one being a meeting with Bob Neill, the Local Government Minister, in Westminster. I went with my Chief Executive and Harlow’s hard working MP Rob Halfon, to argue the case for a bit more cash for Harlow.

I fully support the Coalition’s aims in reducing the national budget and have defended these both locally and nationally, but there are some issues I have with how the funding is worked out that leads me to think that Harlow deserves just a little slice more money over the next couple of years to help with our improvements that we have been making and strive to keep making.

Bob Neill was exceptionally well briefed about our situation and it was a pleasure to meet with him.

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