Labour’s leader in South Gloucestershire today outlined the Labour Group’s priorities for the council’s budget in the next financial year. In the debate on the budget at the council’s Policy & Resources Committee this afternoon, she highlighted the huge financial pressure being faced by the council, and stated that desperate times require desperate measures.
Councillor Pat Rooney outlined the five Labour Group budget priorities that she had pursued with the other political parties at the hung council. All five have been incorporated into the budget that will be presented to all councillors for approval on 18 February. The five priorities are to:
- Ringfence the Independent Living Fund payments for the coming year and find the £37,500 that central government has withheld from the payments.
- Continue with the Welfare Grants that central government has stopped funding, costing the council £307,000 over a full year.
- Stop the savings to community safety, in practice blocking the cut to 9 Police Community Support Officer posts, costing £277,000.
- Freeze the Council Tax, not adding to the Cost of Living burden being shouldered by residents.
- Contribute £11,000 by freezing the increase in councillors’ allowances on an ongoing basis.