Northamptonshire County Council had a special meeting Yesterday 22nd February and councillors were told that the council would fail to balance its books by the end of March.
Councillors were told that the spending controls imposed in February are unlikely to bring the £20 million savings needed to balance the books . Where this leaves the council remains unclear but it is clear as one member of the public put it, "we live in interesting times ".
In a long debate Lib Dem and Labour Councillors called for the Leader of the Council to go . Cllr. Dennis Meredith ( Lib Dem Talavera ) also questioned why, when they they knew that they were heading for disaster, Conservatives had appointed an additional 2 cabinet members in December at a cost of around £9,000 extra each. Not much toward £20 million but a sign that even when cutting everything else Tories can always find jobs for the old boys.
Councillor Dennis Meredith ( Lib Dem Talavera Ward) Claims that Enterprise , The Council’s current grounds maintenance contractor has given up.
Cllr. Meredith says that litter-picking, clearing fly-tipping and other routine jobs are not being carried out in areas such as Southfields. He believes that Enterprise ( Who’re losing the work from June this year) are just not responding to councillor or residents requests to clean up areas.
He says other councillors across the town have told him the same.
The Conservative controlled council have promised to put an extra £ 1 million in, to clean up the town, once the new contractors take over in June , but Cllr. Meredith says that there is still work outstanding from last Autumn which nobody seems to worry about.
I asked for assurance that officers would continue to monitor performance of the existing contract but am not happy with the response.
People cannot wait another 4 months with fly-tipping and rubbish in their neighbourhoods says Dennis
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Liberal Democrats Protest outside County Hall last November
Northamptonshire's Tory MPs and Local Labour
are calling for the Conservative's in charge of the failing County Council to be sacked and for Government Commissioners to step in and run the authority. They need to be wary of what they wish for. If the unelected officials step in then they will slash and burn , cutting all services to the bone and doing away with non-statutory services like bus subsidies.
Leader of the Liberal Democrats on the council, Cllr. Chris Stanbra is calling for a local democratic solution with local politicians from all sides working together to provide a long-term and sustainable solution to county finances. See Chris's 5 Point Plan Below
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A Taste of The Mediterranean in February
6th February 2018 at Marmaris Restaurant St Giles Street , Northampton only £16 for 2 courses. Open to members and supporters. Joined us recently ? Come and meet like minded people and enjoy great food.
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The Conservatives showed their true colours at the Northampton Council Meeting on the 6th November.
Lib Dem Councillors proposed a motion that could have resulted in the “Right to Buy” for council properties being suspended in Northampton for 3 to 5 years. Cllr. Sally Beardsworth made this proposal because the waiting list for a council property is getting longer and longer and the Tories have failed to build the 100 extra homes,a year, that they promised in their manifesto 6 years ago.
The result is that the council is now spending £50K a month on temporary accommodation, to house homeless families. Often this accommodation is out of town and disrupts children’s schooling.
The system is broke but the Conservatives seems to like it that way.
The Tory Leader of the Councillor admitted that there was a problem with homelessness but said that they could not
ask the Government for permission to suspend the Right to Buy, whilst we reduce the waiting lists, as Right to Buy is a Conservative party policy introduced by Margaret Thatcher.
The Liberal Democrats are the only party coming up with practical ideas as to how to tackle this growing problem.
Previously We proposed building temporary accommodation on Council land so that families could have basic facilities to feed their families rather than being housed in Bed and Breakfast accommodation but this was also dismissed.
Below are where you can find details of planned Conservative County Council Cuts for 2018/2019.
Consultation on the budget finishes 1st December 2017
Just CLICK on the links below to find out what is proposed in the way of changes to everything from Bus Subsidies to Library Closures.
The Cabinet Paper gives details of all the budget proposals in Phase 1, and Equality Impact Assessments (EqIAs) have been prepared for those budget proposals that may have an impact on service users and/or the wider community.
- Cabinet Paper outlining Phase 1 Draft Budget Proposal (item 6)
- Equality Impact Assessments
There are a variety of ways for local people and organisations to have their say about Phase 1 of the Council's Budget Proposals during the six-week consultation period.
These channels include:
- Online survey
- Email: email@example.com
- In writing: Draft Budget and Council Plan Consultation, Northamptonshire County Council, One Angel Square, Northampton, NN1 1ED.
- Social media: tweeting @mycountycouncil or posting comments on the county council's Facebook page.
- Signing or submitting a petition or e-petition
In addition, a public meeting will be held in each district council area across the two consultation phases. Details of the date and venue will be posted here as soon as possible.