The Leader of South Gloucestershire's Labour councillors has welcomed the publication of new council ward boundaries that will result in a cut to the number of councillors on the district's council.
The Local Government Boundary Commission today published its final recommendations for the boundaries on which the May 2019 council elections will be fought. These cut the number of councillors to 61 (from 70) and come after a long process of consultation. The recommendations now need formal confirmation by the parliamentary authorities.
Some familiar ward names are destined to disappear, such as Rodway, Siston and Westerleigh, whilst new ones will be created including Charlton & Cribbs and New Cheltenham.
Because South Gloucestershire's population is set to rise, the changes mean that the average number of electors served by each councillor will increase by 25%, from 3,008 to 3,773 per councillor.
Labour Group Leader Councillor Pat Rooney comments:
"At a time when the council is cutting hundreds of jobs and those staff that remain are working harder, I feel that elected councillors should not be exempt. A reduction in the number of councillors will also help to reduce costs, although it will only make a tiny dent given the size of the black hole in the council's finances.
Reducing the size of the council at a time of population growth was always going to trigger some big changes, and although I don't like all of the proposals I do commend the Boundary Commission for their tidy solution overall."
The Leader of South Gloucestershire's Labour councillors has welcomed the publication of new council ward boundaries that will result in a cut to the number of councillors on the district's...
Labour's Finance spokesperson on South Gloucestershire Council says that the Conservative administration's refusal to share budget information with its new Scrutiny Commission proves that there is a "culture of concealment" at the council.
Councillor Adam Monk had tabled questions for today's Scrutiny Commission requesting information on the impact of the national financial settlement and on specific budget proposals being considered and rejected by each of the council's directorates.
The answer supplied gave an update on the impact of the national financial settlement but in terms of local proposals it stated that:
"Directors are currently working confidentially with the [Tory] administration in respect of next year and future years budget options"
Councillor Adam Monk says:
"When the Tories abolished most of the council's committees last May they promised that the new Scrutiny Commission would play a key role in providing checks and balances.
It is now crystal clear that they have no intention of sharing key information with the cross-Party Commission in the formulation of the Council Budget. Instead, councillors will be presented with the budget on a 'take it or leave it' basis.
We are regularly exposing examples of the culture of concealment at South Gloucestershire Council under the Tories' new system, and we now have proof of this in writing."
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