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The Leader of South Gloucestershire’s Labour councillors has criticised the Council’s ruling Conservatives for a lack of effort in seeking a better financial deal for the council and its staff.

At a South Gloucestershire Council meeting held on Wednesday evening, Labour pressed the Conservative Leader to pursue fairer funding for the area and fairer pay for council staff, but was rebuffed on both issues.

 

The Labour Group’s leader, Councillor Pat Rooney, explains:

Pat_Civic_Centre.jpg“The Leader of the Council sidestepped every opportunity I gave him to join me in opposing the 1% cap on council staff pay. Instead he argued that pay increases put further pressure on the economy and that reducing the deficit was the priority. His reply exposed a total lack of effort and commitment to get our staff – who have had their pay capped at 1% since 2013 – a fair pay rise.

The Leader also refused our request to echo the criticism made by other Conservative council leaders of the government’s deal with the DUP and to demand fair funding for the West of England, instead arguing that Northern Ireland deserved the extra investment.”

It is clear that local Conservatives lack the effort to stand up to their friends in the Tory government on behalf of our area or our staff.”

Labour criticises "lack of effort and commitment"

The Leader of South Gloucestershire’s Labour councillors has criticised the Council’s ruling Conservatives for a lack of effort in seeking a better financial deal for the council and its staff....

A leading Labour councillor has welcomed the success of his intervention which has resulted in getting an important health services decision scrutinised in public by South Gloucestershire’s health committee.

The first meeting of the new Cabinet created by the ruling Conservatives met today and its agenda included a decision on the Better Care Fund. Labour’s lead member on Health Scrutiny, Councillor Ian Scott, criticised its appearance as it had not been considered by the council’s Health Scrutiny Committee beforehand. In response to the criticism, the Cabinet endorsed the report in principle but referred it to Wednesday’s Health Scrutiny Committee for comment.

Ian_Scott.jpgCouncillor Scott says:

“The council has a structure that enables health matters to be discussed with NHS representatives and interested members of the public present. Until I raised my concern, this would not have happened in relation to today’s decision on the Better Care Fund as the scrutiny committee would not have had the opportunity to consider the report.

I am pleased that the Cabinet has made this concession as it would have been a bad move for the first Cabinet meeting to press on regardless. The government’s timetable prevents a proper public consultation on the Better Care Fund and although discussions have taken place with NHS bodies it is right for the council to have this scrutiny in public.”

Labour intervention leads to public scrutiny

A leading Labour councillor has welcomed the success of his intervention which has resulted in getting an important health services decision scrutinised in public by South Gloucestershire’s health committee.

Labour councillors in South Gloucestershire are rallying behind the Party’s teenage candidate in next week’s Winterbourne by-election, saying that he would be a “wonderful asset” to the Council and the district’s politics.

George_Angus_Winterbourne.JPGGeorge Angus, who turned 18 in March, is already an experienced campaigner as an active member of South Gloucestershire’s Fair Funding for Schools campaign. He has addressed big public meetings and rallies both locally and in Bristol, and those who heard him have been impressed by his passion and eloquence.

Councillor Pat Rooney, the Leader of the Labour Group of councillors, says:

“Young people are massively under-represented on our Council, so I hope the voters of Winterbourne seize this opportunity to elect George on 22nd June. George has already proved that he is a committed fighter for fair funding for our schools, and he would bring a unique insight as well as energy to the Council. Our whole Group is keen for him to join us.”

 

Councillor Ian Boulton, the Deputy Leader of the Labour Group of councillors, adds:

“Since first meeting George I have been increasingly impressed with his energy and values. He would be a wonderful asset on South Gloucestershire Council and Winterbourne residents would be well served by someone of his calibre and drive.”

 

George Angus comments:

“As a young person raised in Winterbourne, I know very well how imperative local services are for those who depend on them.  As part of the team of Labour councillors I would make sure the voices of those who are too often ignored are heard, fighting the Tory cuts which are so damaging to our schools and other public services.”

 

Winterbourne falls within the Filton & Bradley Stoke constituency where Labour's vote share went up by 15% at last week's general election – one of the Party's largest increases. The by election has been caused by the recent election of Tory Tim Bowles as Metro Mayor.

Labour rallies behind teenage candidate

Labour councillors in South Gloucestershire are rallying behind the Party’s teenage candidate in next week’s Winterbourne by-election, saying that he would be a “wonderful asset” to the Council and the...

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