Budget consultation was a 'sham' - Labour councillor

Warrington Guardian: Clr Kevin Bennett Clr Kevin Bennett

A LABOUR councillor who voted against his own party’s budget last year has voiced his concerns over plans for this year’s budget.

Clr Kevin Bennett ( LAB - Fairfield and Howley) says he is still waiting to have questions about the plans for 2014/15 budget answered.

He said: “After finally obtaining some of the financial information on this years budget, that will be put to full council on 3rd March 2014, I have asked for my questions to be answered.

“The Public Consultation was a ‘sham’, it was sent out with very limited information and didn’t outline what cuts would need to be made.

“As I understand it, adult Social Care will be ‘farmed out’ to a social enterprise company, which in my view would be a risk as the company is completely untested.

“There has been no explanation how this will save money, therefore I can only assume that it will be by cutting wages and staff. I have asked the question why can’t it be kept in-house?”

The budget is set to be voted on at a full council meeting on Monday night and includes a 1.98 per cent council tax rise, up to 75 job loses and service redesigns.

There are also plans to invest in energy efficiency schemes and an upgrade of Walton Hall Garden’s crazy golf course.

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8:42am Mon 24 Feb 14

comwgn says...

Agree Cllr Bennett

"consultation" is a sham.
no body listens as most of the councillors know better than any mere tax payer what has to be done to reduce council tax.

So far the esteemed council have never taken any practical steps to put in place permanent reduction schemes.
Reduce the number of councillors
get rid of some WBC executives and set a cap on salaries of say £95000 Get rid of assets that cost money on maintenance 20 mph for instance
replace costly traffic lights with roundabouts
stop painting white lines to restrict road widths etc etc.
all little items that cost unnecessary expenditure and could save jobs.
But no councillors listen to public voices that could save unnecessary expenditure. Just keep living in ivory tower.
Agree Cllr Bennett "consultation" is a sham. no body listens as most of the councillors know better than any mere tax payer what has to be done to reduce council tax. So far the esteemed council have never taken any practical steps to put in place permanent reduction schemes. Reduce the number of councillors get rid of some WBC executives and set a cap on salaries of say £95000 Get rid of assets that cost money on maintenance 20 mph for instance replace costly traffic lights with roundabouts stop painting white lines to restrict road widths etc etc. all little items that cost unnecessary expenditure and could save jobs. But no councillors listen to public voices that could save unnecessary expenditure. Just keep living in ivory tower. comwgn

9:00am Mon 24 Feb 14

Nick Tessla says...

Careful Councillor Bennett - Terry O'Neill might send Cheshire Police's Thought-Crime unit after you again.
Careful Councillor Bennett - Terry O'Neill might send Cheshire Police's Thought-Crime unit after you again. Nick Tessla

1:26pm Mon 24 Feb 14

Karlar says...

WBC's "public consultation" is no more than 'Take it' or 'Leave it'.
WBC's "public consultation" is no more than 'Take it' or 'Leave it'. Karlar

7:48pm Mon 24 Feb 14

old-codger says...

Walton Hall Garden’s crazy golf course.
Walton Hall Garden’s crazy golf course.
Crazy is the right word.
Move the crazy councillors into Walton hall, They will feel more at home with their very own crazy golf course. They don't care about joe public and joe public doesn't care for them, As they will find out at the elections.
Walton Hall Garden’s crazy golf course. Walton Hall Garden’s crazy golf course. Crazy is the right word. Move the crazy councillors into Walton hall, They will feel more at home with their very own crazy golf course. They don't care about joe public and joe public doesn't care for them, As they will find out at the elections. old-codger

9:29pm Mon 24 Feb 14

Freeborn John says...

If everybody got what they deserve the forthcoming local elections would see boots being applied to backsides on an epic scale.
Sadly, when the day comes, Joe Public will (if he can be bothered making that enormous five minute camel hike to the voting station) chew that pencil thoughtfully and then vote the same way his granddad did. Saves all that thinking...
If everybody got what they deserve the forthcoming local elections would see boots being applied to backsides on an epic scale. Sadly, when the day comes, Joe Public will (if he can be bothered making that enormous five minute camel hike to the voting station) chew that pencil thoughtfully and then vote the same way his granddad did. Saves all that thinking... Freeborn John

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