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:
“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.”