Group is ‘failing the deprived’

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A SKEGNESS councillor has accused a local body of “failing to tackle deprivation”.

Coun Mark Anderson and other district councillors clashed over the the work of the Local Strategic Partnership at a recent East Lindsey meeting.

The organisation is made up of police, the health service, education, the NFU and representatives of businesses such as Butlins.

But speaking at the council’s overview committee meeting, Coun Mark Anderson described its achievements over the past 10 years as “deeply disappointing”.

He said: “It is failing to tackle deprivation, and it is doing little to improve job prospects for young people.

“In Skegness, three-quarters of students who complete a three-year college course can’t get a work placement.”

Leader of the council, Coun Doreen Stephenson, hit back, insisting that much positive work was being done - especially in healthy living programmes. Plaudits were also sounded by Coun Ed Mossop who said that the LSP was a much slicker organisation than in the past, when it had been characterised by its “mesmerising bureaucracy”.