South Gloucestershire Labour councillors have tabled three questions to the Council’s Conservative Leader to ascertain his Administration’s views on current issues. Two relate to comments written by Filton & Bradley Stoke MP Jack Lopresti that appear to criticise the Tory-run council.
Mr Lopresti used his occasional column in the Bristol Post last month to suggest that the council had not done enough to make efficiency savings ahead of making frontline service reductions such as the proposed library cuts, and that the council’s most senior staff are paid too much.
Labour’s questions ask for the Council Leader’s response to these publicly-expressed views.
Labour’s Leader on the Council, Councillor Pat Rooney, says:
“Tory MPs continue to peddle the myth that South Gloucestershire Council can make £80 million of cuts over the decade by trimming back on backroom administration and introducing more efficient procurement. The council has already made lots of efficiencies and shed hundreds of jobs in recent years.
The scale of the cuts being forced down by their Government will inevitably lead to cuts to services, and it is utterly disingenuous to suggest otherwise or to pass the blame onto the councils.
I hope that the Leader of the Council will be forthright in pointing this out to his Tory MP colleagues when he answers our questions next week.”
The third Labour question relates to the forthcoming EU referendum and simply asks, “The UK national government has a position on the EU referendum of believing it is better to remain in the EU. What is his Administration’s position?”.
This follows an exchange at last month’s Council meeting when the Council Leader was unprepared to give an answer on that point.
The questions form part of the agenda for South Gloucestershire’s Council meeting next Wednesday (16th) evening.