Local people tell us that they look to their councillors to work together for the good of the local community. This is what we have been trying hard to do. Public consultation in 2010 guided the work that the Council had to do to makes its books balance while maintaining local services – and that’s what people told us that they wanted.
It was disappointing that after Labour took control of the Council in May 2013, without winning any more Council seats, they chose to devise the proposals for the Council’s budget for the next 3 years, without seeking any involvement from any councillors other than their own. They said that they would be “open and transparent”, but this is not our experience within the Council.
Therefore the Conservative and Liberal Democrat groups of councillors have separately examined the Cabinet budget proposals carefully. We have taken account of the results of the consultation and what local people and businesses have been saying to us, and have decided together to make the following proposals along three themes:
Supporting a fairer society
Building a stronger economy
Better Value for your money
As you will see from the detailed proposals all of our plans are fully costed and have been checked by the Council’s finance officers.