January 30, 2013 Leave a comment
We are almost two years into this Tory led council, when they came to power they pledged all business would be open and transparent either at full council or cabinet, this is sadly not the case.
So what were the items on the agenda that needed a cabinet decision?
1. January Budget Review 2012/2013 where The report revealed that the Torys are out of control on their spend and they are having to rob the reserves by a further 1.6million to prop up the super directorate of people’s services.Cast your mind back, people’s services was a merger of education, children and adult services a huge portfolio with huge responsibility that is important to us all We believe too much for one member, worthy of real debate the real business of cabinet, so the question was asked what is being done about this massive overspend? and is the Directorate too big a responsibility for the Peoples Cabinet member Cllr Rob Waltham? Did we get debate? YOU BET WE DID NOT instead we got a disgraceful response from Cllr Waltham by saying it was shameful in asking the question and then tried to belittle by stating he would ask Mrs Brown if she could wait for her knee operation until Council budgets allowed. So the facts are that if the overspend is a result of more people using Adult Services, show us the facts, how many more people are using the service? For Cllr Waltham to hide behind officers with years of experience is shocking, or is it as I suspect savings predicted haven’t been made?
2.Setting the business rate yield for 2013-14 In the report it stated that there may be opportunities which I welcomed, but there may also be threats, it stated in the report that potentially if we were to loose one of our large key businesses that loss would have to be born by the tax payers of North Lincs up to a 3.9% increase in council tax
The Chair said come on Cllr Kirk let’s speak up the area not down something I took exception to as I am proud to have always spoken up for North Lincs the Humber and the Region, but in the real world business is market driven, as has been demonstrated by the closure of Kimberly Clark in Barton and Lloyds TSB in Scunthorpe, totally out of our control. North Lincolnshire is the only council in the Humber that collects more business tax than we receive sending it down south to prop up other local authorities,
3.Now onto a report about the future of waste in North Lincs something that Cllr Len Foster knows a great deal about having led a cross party (YES you read that correctly CROSS PARTY) project group whilst we were in control, Len warmly welcomed the report apart from a typing error in regards to a planning decision for a waste treatment facility in Scunthorpe actually it is in the Burton and Winterton ward, but I guess that was just an oversight in the report, I asked the chair bearing in mind this will be one of the biggest projects North Lincs Council will ever have, would they consider putting Len as Shadow Cabinet Labour member with that in his portfolio on a working group? as it would help officers and the public, irrespective of political party’s it would show that we would be working together for the best interest of North Lincs and its people,we would not have a controlling representation and we don’t want to gerrymander the committee , this could only be good for North Lincs, so to have our request rejected did come as a shock! What exactly are these so called open and transparent Torys running from?