At Today's (Oct 6th) County Council Meeting Liberal Democrats will propose a motion of No Confidence in the ruling Tories ability to control the council's finances.
This follows last months damning Audit Report.
The Conservatives have been struggling to balance budgets for several years. Liberal Democrat Councillors on the Council have repeatedly pointed out that the budgets set each year are undeliverable and based on hope rather than sound financial management.
External Auditor Andrew Cardoza from KPMG Accountants agrees that the County Council has failed to put in place ‘proper arrangements to ensure it took properly informed decisions and deployed resources to achieve planned and sustainable outcomes for taxpayers and local people.’ At the Council’s Audit Committee Mr Cardoza stated he would be issuing a formal ‘adverse 2016/16 value for money opinion.’
When quizzed by Lib Dem Councillor Chris Lofts, Mr Cardoza explained that he audits 28 councils and in only 3 cases has he been forced to issue this stark warning. ‘Northamptonshire County Council’s approach to budget setting and financial management has been officially called into question by the external auditor.’ Explained Councillor Lofts. ‘For years the Conservatives have based their plans on whims rather than sound analysis. The auditor has found them out and has said things must improve otherwise central Government could be forced to step in.’
Lib Dem Leader Brendan Glynane added ‘The people of Northamptonshire are facing real cuts to front line services because the Tory Administration have failed to manage the money properly. By issuing this ‘red card’ the auditor is saying enough is enough.’
Liberal Democrats will fight Theresa May's plans for more Grammar Schools.
We believe that a return to the 11 Plus exam will leave leave 80% of our children and young people behind.
Liberal Democrats believe that all children should have the best possible start in life and the opportunity to flourish when at school. Children develop in different ways and at different times and no child should be written off at 11 years old.
However Theresa May's plans are not only wrong for children they are wrong for the Country and the economy. To compete in the modern world Great Britain Ltd. needs a workforce that is educated, innovative and motivated.
Secondary Education In Northamptonshire has gone through many changes in the last 15 years and it is true that not long ago many of our local schools were under-performing.
Things are beginning to improve, we now have excellent schools which specialise in Music, Drama , Sport, Science and Technology. Girls Schools and a School for Boys as well as excellent colleges offering sixth form and vocational courses. There are also Free Schools and Religious Foundations.
At present parents and young people have an element of choice. Reintroducing The 11 plus will take away that choice and variety.
So why on earth would we want to stop all of this progress and success and go back to a system that condemned kids as failures at the age of 11?
Why would we want to introduce more change and uncertainty?
Come along and meet local members and supporters.
Wednesday 12th October 7pm to around 9pmRead more
Northampton Liberal Democrats took our message to students at Park Campus this week.
Thanks to Tim Hasker , Brian Hoare and David Garlick for their help in manning and preparing the stall.
Looking neat before the rush
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Lib Dem County Councillor Sarah Uldall has been meeting with senior staff of the new Northampton International Academy, which is being built on the site of the old Royal Mail building on the Barrack Road.
“I thought it was time for a proper update on the progress of the new school,” said Sarah.
It will be a through school for ages 4 to 18. The sponsors are the EMLC Academy Trust who also run nearby Castle Academy.
This September the school opened its doors to 300 year 7 and 60 reception children in temporary huts. Sarah was taken on a tour of these classrooms while lessons were taking place. “Once inside, these rooms are no different from proper classrooms,” she said.
It is hoped that the main building will be ready to house students in September 2017. Children go down to the BBOB rugby club for PE lessons. There will be a sports hall on the roof the size of 4 badminton courts.
Because of the huge scale of the existing building there are plans for commercial spaces also. There will most likely be several flats, a cafe, a gym and perhaps a theatre.
“It is hoped that it will be a school in the daytime and a hub for the local community in the evening,” said Sarah.
It is inevitable that there will be additional traffic congestion as the school opensits doors to more students. A new junction has been planned for the Barrack Road entrance.
Children can arrive at school from 7.45am for an 8.15am start and a 3.45pm finish.
Another win for Lib Dems in Northamptonshire.
Kettering Liberal Democrats were celebrating last night as Jenny Davies came top of the poll to gain a seat on Burton Latimer Town Council. In a double by election Jenny took one seat with an Independent taking the other. Labour were 4th.
Wednesday 14th September sees the return of Politics and a pint after the summer break . A chance to meet before The Lib Dem Conference the week after.
Lots has happened since June, A referendum, dozens of new members locally and a fantastic By election win in Westone Ward of Northampton.
Come along if you're about to go to your first conference and perhaps hear from some hold hands.
Come along if you are one of our new members and wan't to meet and chat.
Come along especially if you helped Brian Markham's winning campaign.
He wants to say a big thank you to some of those, (almost 50) people who made it possible.
Just Come Along anyway.
Kingsley Park Working Mens Club, Northampton, NN2 7HJ
7pm until around 9pm Wednesday 14th Sept
Contact David 784634 for more details
or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Jenny Davies a former councillor in Luton is the Liberal Democrat candidate for the Town Council Election in Burton Latimer on Thursday 15th September.
■ Jenny Davies is 74, a widow and a grandmother, and has lived in Burton Latimer for three years.
■ Before this she lived in Luton where she was a local councillor for34 years serving her local community, helping local residents to deal with personal issues and solving problems.
■ When she was previously a councillor she fought successfullyagainst over-development of the local area, seeing off plans fromTesco that would have put local shops at risk.
■ She has considerable experience in managing council committees and dealing with council staff that she can use to fight for Burton Latimer
■ Jenny would like to use her considerable experience to serve people in Burton.