A special debate was called by Peter Gardiner, who is now also a county councillor, after it emerged that county funding for the Ipswich Prostitution Strategy could be under threat from spending cuts at Endeavour House.
However earlier this week it emerged that the Suffolk Drug and Alcohol Team (DAAT) had agreed to pay £80,000 to keep the strategy in place until April next year. Interestingly the administration and wage cost to the County for DAAT this financial year is £89,993. As that would leave DAAT with only £9,993 from the county, I must now find out how much the funding from the borough, NHS Suffolk and the police is.
David Ellesmere mentioned that he first became aware of the problem with prostitution in Ipswich after ward boundaries were redrawn part of the London Road Area of town came into his ward in 2004. to stop the Lib Dems having such a good chance of taking Westgate Ward.
He said: “I was getting many concerns from residents of that area and we carried out a survey about six months before the murders but at that time it was difficult to make our voices heard.”
I have to agree with him on that.
The motion got support across the council chamber, community safety
spokeswoman for the borough Nadia Cenci welcomed the news from the DAAT, but said it was important for the borough to restate its commitment to tackling the problem.