Austerity a crazy ideological experiment - Durham council chief

BRITAIN’S economic woes are the result of a crazy ideological experiment by the Chancellor, a North-East council leader has claimed.

Addressing his cabinet today (Wednesday, February 6), Durham County Council leader Simon Henig said the country had endured an economic downturn lasting longer than the Great Depression and was facing a disastrous and unprecedented triple dip recession – and blamed Chancellor George Osborne.

The Labour leader said: “We cannot wholly escape Osborne’s axe but we will continue to protect the people of County Durham as best we can.”

Councillor Henig was speaking as his cabinet agreed a proposed budget including £20.9m of cuts in 2013-14.

By 2018, the North-East’s biggest local authority is expected to have cut about £220m from its 2010 spending levels. About £90m has already been saved and more cuts running to 2017 are planned, but savings of £53.1m are still to be identified.

The proposed budget includes: freezing council tax, protecting council tax benefits for 65,000 households and spending an extra £1m on adult social care and £3.25m on measures aimed at boosting the economy.

Liberal Democrat councillor Mark Wilkes said Labour was subsidising trade unions instead of investing in the county’s future and its budget was “simply nuts”.

Opposition parties are expected to suggest alternative proposals at the full council meeting at which the budget will be set, on Wednesday, February 20.

The cabinet also proposed to increase council house rent by 4.04 per cent – an average of £2.55 per week. A total of £99m will be invested in council housing over the next two years.

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3:17pm Wed 6 Feb 13

cllrmarkwilkes says...

The council budget will increase the reserves from £26m up as far as £35m. Only a lunatic increases reserves at the same time as cutting services.
The council budget will increase the reserves from £26m up as far as £35m. Only a lunatic increases reserves at the same time as cutting services. cllrmarkwilkes
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4:53pm Wed 6 Feb 13

caberwocky1 says...

cllrmarkwilkes wrote:
The council budget will increase the reserves from £26m up as far as £35m. Only a lunatic increases reserves at the same time as cutting services.
Councillor Wilkes needs to speak up against his Tory masters rather than attacking the Council that supports the right of employees to be represented in the workplace.Never once as I heard him speak out against firms that do not recognise tradeunions instead we see that he takes his cue from the right wing tax payers alliance.

Why not start a campaign to identify who financially supports the taxpayers alliance? No doubt faceless shady figures.Until he does he will be seen as no friend of taxpayers who do their work,pay their taxes and want to live in a society where you do have representation in the workplace.Why seek to undermine this?
[quote][p][bold]cllrmarkwilkes[/bold] wrote: The council budget will increase the reserves from £26m up as far as £35m. Only a lunatic increases reserves at the same time as cutting services.[/p][/quote]Councillor Wilkes needs to speak up against his Tory masters rather than attacking the Council that supports the right of employees to be represented in the workplace.Never once as I heard him speak out against firms that do not recognise tradeunions instead we see that he takes his cue from the right wing tax payers alliance. Why not start a campaign to identify who financially supports the taxpayers alliance? No doubt faceless shady figures.Until he does he will be seen as no friend of taxpayers who do their work,pay their taxes and want to live in a society where you do have representation in the workplace.Why seek to undermine this? caberwocky1
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4:00pm Fri 8 Feb 13

the-big-yin says...

cllrmarkwilkes wrote:
The council budget will increase the reserves from £26m up as far as £35m. Only a lunatic increases reserves at the same time as cutting services.
Ridiculous!!!
d.c.c. love our tax payers cash...
Why not sell a load of the properties they own that are sat empty?
Never going to happen.......
Why is Simon Henig still leader of this council?
Don-t you just love all these councilors, with their big houses and all their expense accounts.
Time for a change at the top and time for all those subsidies given to trade unions to stop!!!!!!
[quote][p][bold]cllrmarkwilkes[/bold] wrote: The council budget will increase the reserves from £26m up as far as £35m. Only a lunatic increases reserves at the same time as cutting services.[/p][/quote]Ridiculous!!! d.c.c. love our tax payers cash... Why not sell a load of the properties they own that are sat empty? Never going to happen....... Why is Simon Henig still leader of this council? Don-t you just love all these councilors, with their big houses and all their expense accounts. Time for a change at the top and time for all those subsidies given to trade unions to stop!!!!!! the-big-yin
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4:05pm Fri 8 Feb 13

the-big-yin says...

cllrmarkwilkes wrote:
The council budget will increase the reserves from £26m up as far as £35m. Only a lunatic increases reserves at the same time as cutting services.
Councilor Wilkes can you tell me how much money is spent on bedding plants?

How much money is spent on fuel allowing council workers to take vehicles home and pick up workers at their home addresses every day?
How much is Simon Henigs clothing allowance?
Why do councilors need to use taxis to get to county hall when there are buses?
Why all the waste of money on phones and laptops, plus having the internet put into council workers homes.
*** and yes this is happening about the internet in their homes ***
[quote][p][bold]cllrmarkwilkes[/bold] wrote: The council budget will increase the reserves from £26m up as far as £35m. Only a lunatic increases reserves at the same time as cutting services.[/p][/quote]Councilor Wilkes can you tell me how much money is spent on bedding plants? How much money is spent on fuel allowing council workers to take vehicles home and pick up workers at their home addresses every day? How much is Simon Henigs clothing allowance? Why do councilors need to use taxis to get to county hall when there are buses? Why all the waste of money on phones and laptops, plus having the internet put into council workers homes. *** and yes this is happening about the internet in their homes *** the-big-yin
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