LCC Facing £161million Funding Gap To Save £7million!

 A feeble savings proposal totalling around £7m over the next three years will be considered by Lancashire County Council’s Cabinet when it meets on Thursday next week (7 December 2017). But they do not include stopping the number of councillors receiving special responsibility allowances after it was revealed that three-quarters of all Conservative county councillors received such an allowance on top of their more than £10,000 a year basic allowance.

OWL Adrian Owens said that he was shocked when a Freedom of Information request revealed that 33 Conservative county councillors receive these extra allowances worth typically £7-8,000 a year and sometimes more. There are currently only 42 Conservative county councillors in total. Perhaps the other 9 are wondering why not them?

The proposals, which cover plans as diverse as potentially closing some transport information centres, stopping the member grants scheme, and stopping some of the county council’s extra sheltered care support , have been worked up by senior council officers and will be presented to Cabinet as budget options.

Speaking about the proposals, County Councillor Geoff Driver CBE, Leader of Lancashire County Council, said “We have made no secret of the fact that the county council faces an extremely serious financial challenge. We know that we will face a funding gap of £161m in 2021/22 and that we will have spent the county council’s available reserves within the next two years. It is imperative that we put plans in place to make the necessary savings to secure a sustainable future for the county council, and the vital services that our most vulnerable residents rely on. That will inevitably mean making very difficult decisions and it is clear that these proposals will require very serious thought and consideration of their implications, when Cabinet meets next week”.

OWL Cllr Owens wrote “We’ve written to the Independent Panel that makes recommendations on county councillor allowances. Sadly, they don’t ask the public’s view and then they are sometimes ignored by the county councillors. However, we’ve proposed a limit of 16 councillors getting these special allowances. That would bring the ‘chiefs’ and ‘indians’ into a more appropriate balance and save many tens of thousands of pounds”.

Author: westlancashirerecord

I am a pensioner. I was a strong supporter of the rights of elderly and disabled residents of West Lancashire to receive equal treatment from the old Tory WLBC that unfortunately did not agree, leading to the social exclusion of some immobile disabled residents. My personal suggestion of honouring the County Regiment led to us having probably the proudest day ever in West Lancashire, with the help of Cllr Adrian Owens who wrote "You will be pleased to learn that this evening the motion passed unanimously. Colonel Amlot from the Regiment was accorded a standing ovation and we look forward to a parade and march through Ormskirk next year. Thank you". After the Parade I wrote to Cllr Owens "I was reading through the emails we exchanged after I made the suggestion to honour our County Regiment. As you said today, we got there in the end, and what an end? This celebration of our Regiment was quite simply, as my original mail said, the greatest honour of all. To see all these young people who risk their lives for us was so moving. Little did I know what Council could do and how our residents would react to it all. Well, we should all be so proud of this great day. I know I am".

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