Are you getting the best from Greenwich Council?

The District Auditor’s Letter (2004-2005) stated “Overall costs are relatively high when compared with other London boroughs”. After 35 years of a Labour Council and 9 years of a Labour Government, this Councils services are poor. 


Failing our Children


Greenwich schools are ranked in the bottom 20 nationally at both primary and secondary levels. While there have been small improvements, only about a third of students pass 5 A*-C GCSE’s including English and Maths and apart from the Catholic schools only one Greenwich Secondary achieved above the national average this year. A substantial number of 11 year olds leave


to get an education in Bexley or Bromley.


Conservative spokesman for Blackheath Westcombe, Alex Wilson, 23, who went to John

Roan School

, says: “We think Schools work better if they have the independence to run themselves. “


“There is evidence to back this up – when the Council chose to close Eaglesfield and Abby Wood Schools, it stood back and let them get on with it. The result was that the percentage achieving 5 A* to C grades at Eaglesfield rose form 19% to 64% and from 12% to 30% at Abby Wood.”


“Teachers, parents and pupils want a good education system and know how to get it. Why can’t Labour just trust them to get on with it?”


Failing the disabled


The independent review of Greenwich Social Services in 2005 awarded the Labour Council just one star. The report said that:


“Performance in helping people iwht a physical disability to live at home, remains poor. Greenwich Council is now among the worst…”


“There has been a fall in the number of people receiving a statement of their needs – now the worst amongst comparators.”


Simon Gallie, Conservative spokesman for Greenwich West says “We think that Labour is unable to provide the leadership or vision to improve Social Services. We believe the Council needs to focus on the people who really need the help.”


Failing the sick


The Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) is expected to make a £19.7m deficit in 2005-06 and external auditors describe the hospital’s position as “very serious”. The trust is considering the “rationalisation of acute services”. Conservatives will openly fight any cuts to service and demand that the Labour government helps the QEH.


Things need to improve


Deputy leader of the Conservative Group,

Spencer Drury

says: “This failure matters. For the old person waiting for help, for the child hoping to get a good education and a better life, for parents with disabled children on anyone who needs to visitor the

Queen Elizabeth Hospital

, Labour’s failure will affect the rest of their lives. Residents need to realise that they don’t have to carry on putting up with this legacy of failure anymore.”