Durham Lib Dems unveil budget proposals

LIBERAL Democrats on the North-East’s biggest council have revealed an alternative budget.

Members of Durham County Council’s Lib Dem group say their proposals support young people, small businesses and hard-pressed communities across the county.

They have six proposals: a £750,000 three-year pilot scheme to improve careers’ advice; a £3m three-year pilot to support businesses; £50,000 more for County Durham Citizens’ Advice Bureau; £300,000 more subsidy for public transport; £150,000 to improve the council’s telephone system; and £1.3m extra for road repairs.

Lib Dems say these would be paid for by: stopping £130,000-a-year in union subsidies; stopping £12,000-a-year in clothing allowances for the council’s chair and vice-chair; reducing councillors’ allowances by £38,000; saving £300,000 by cutting staff mileage allowance to 45p per mile; saving £150,000 by scrapping the County Durham News magazine; and using some reserves.

Lib Dem leader Nigel Martin said: “This is a budget that is all about making choices.

“We shall be giving the council the opportunity to make a real difference to the residents of the county and call on all groups to support us.”

The Labour-led council’s budget for 2013-14 will be set by a full council meeting at County Hall, Durham, on Wednesday (February 20).

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7:45pm Mon 18 Feb 13

caberwocky1 says...

No mention of lobbying their Tory political masters to stop the cuts and failed economic policies?

Just a thought.
No mention of lobbying their Tory political masters to stop the cuts and failed economic policies? Just a thought. caberwocky1
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1:44pm Fri 22 Feb 13

jsrace says...

Quote “£12,000-a-year in clothing allowances for the council’s chair and vice-chair”
Surely just this one figure should be enough to invite an investigation as to possible criminal activity! Especially requesting evidence as to who gave and consequently gives the go ahead for such blatant extravagance at the Tax payers expense.
Quote “£12,000-a-year in clothing allowances for the council’s chair and vice-chair” Surely just this one figure should be enough to invite an investigation as to possible criminal activity! Especially requesting evidence as to who gave and consequently gives the go ahead for such blatant extravagance at the Tax payers expense. jsrace
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