Posted by: westlancashirerecord | July 16, 2016

Should Labour Council Budget Cut Proposals Be Scrapped?

Our West Lancashire owllogo thinks so. Proposals show Labour council are “out of ideas and utterly cynical” they say.

Our West Lancashire have reacted angrily to the budget cut proposals tabled by Labour for next week’s council meeting saying they should be scrapped and new proposals brought forward for consultation that promote efficiency and preserve front line services.

Cllr Adrian Owens adriansaid “Given that the council under spent by more than £600,000 last year, many of these proposals should simply be consigned to the dustbin. To give just one example, to propose reduced CCTV monitoring just weeks after spending more money on installing extra cameras is madness. There are other equally damaging proposals and they should be scrapped and the process restarted.”

Jane Thompson jane%20thompsonwho ran Labour close in Scott ward in May’s elections said, “Labour candidates gave the impression that they had scrapped plans to introduce a green bin charge when they stood for election. That’s because the proposal was badly thought out and unpopular. To re-table the bin charge proposal now is utterly cynical. It will mean ten or more jobs lost at the council; increased burning and fly tipping and green waste ending up in grey bins and then in landfill. Waste collection services should be paid for as a universal service through council tax. Let’s look at Councillors allowances first. They voted themselves to retain the highest allowances in Lancashire and sit pretty while now expecting the residents of West Lancashire to suffer. ”

Ian Davis owldavis Our West Lancashire treasurer and a former Director of a major Engineering PLC said, “I was disappointed to see no suggestions to drive efficiency in the proposals. The council’s Building Control team is losing £100,000 a year. Why is the council not looking at creating a shared building control service with neighbouring councils?”

Cllr Owens concluded by saying that Our West Lancashire would campaign and strongly oppose the budget cut proposals. He said “Cuts  budget%20cuts [pic OWL] to front line services such as this must only ever occur as a ‘last resort’. With the council failing to spend £600,000 it had budgeted and taxed for last year and with few efficiency proposals, we are nowhere near the last resort.” UNNECESSARY The council underspent by £600,000 last year – most of these proposals are simply unnecessary; DISJOINTED – The council is proposing to cut 35 hours a week of active monitoring of CCTV only weeks after investing in new cameras in new crime hot-spots; CYNICAL – Labour candidates gave the impression that they had scrapped plans to introduce a £30 green bin charge when they stood for election just 2 months ago. That’s because the proposal was badly thought out and unpopular. To re-table the bin charge proposal now is utterly cynical. It will mean ten or more jobs lost at the council; increased burning and fly tipping and green waste ending up in grey bins and then in landfill. Waste collection services should be paid for as a universal service through council tax. DEVOID OF IDEAS – Proposals to reduce street cleaning; public toilets; and CCTV but nothing challenging the £100,000 loss made by building control or any movement to reduce the highest councillor allowances in Lancashire.


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