Lynne Armstrong is your Labour candidate for the Felpham electoral division of West Sussex County Council.
As Chair of West Sussex Mencap I worked with the County Council on the closure of the long stay Forest Hospital and the establishment of care in the community for people with a learning disability. West Sussex was the first county in the UK to move entirely to community care and has a proud record which needs to be maintained despite the drastic cuts imposed by the Conservative government. In fact, I want to make sure the provision of social care is improved for all, especially older people whose care needs have been so badly neglected for a decade.
Early years education was recognised as vital by the last Labour government, which established excellent new Sure Start centres, and it is shocking to learn that the Conservative leaders of our County Council want to shut down the Sure Start in Bognor. This is the thin end of the wedge to more cuts to education generally, and Labour is protesting against it strongly.
I am a former Town Councillor and District Councillor, and I was a Mencap National Councillor for 12 years. I have an MA in Economics, an MSc in Psychology and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education. I look forward to using my qualifications and experience as an active Labour County Councillor for Felpham to ensure that all the services provided by the County Council – and paid for by residents through their ever-rising council tax – are maintained at a high standard.