by Garth Harkness on 23 February, 2020
The Liberal Democrat Group on Oldham Council will be presenting their alternate budget proposals to next week’s Performance and Value for Money Committee (4 February 2020). The review falls three weeks prior to the Liberal Democrat Amendment being considered by the Full Council (26 February).
In their budget proposals for the coming financial year (2020/21), the Liberal Democrat Group on Oldham Council has found significant sums to invest in front-line services over the next five years by finding a further £1.888 million over two years in savings at the Civic Centre.
The Liberal Democrats would utilise the £1.621m of revenue savings from the coming financial year to:
The Liberal Democrats would also refocus the Council’s capital programme on new priorities:
The Deputy Leader of the Opposition and of the Liberal Democrat Group, Councillor Chris Gloster, who is Shadow Cabinet Member for Finance said: “Our proposals are visionary. The Liberal Democrats would build three new health centres, including a desperately needed replacement health centre in Shaw; save our previous Green Belt from development; put Oldham at the forefront in tackling climate change; make improvements in signage and pedestrian footpaths to make our streets safer for drivers and pedestrians; and keep more money in the budgets of local Councillors and Parish Councils to help provide responsive services for the people and communities that they serve. We are also committed to creating special funds to support two priorities which are close to our hearts – providing money to set up school holiday clubs to feed our Borough’s neediest children and funding our world-renowned annual Saddleworth Band Contest.”
“We have found the money to do this by proposing some common-sense savings at the Civic Centre – better control by managers of staff recruitment and retention, reduced spending on media and communications, removing car allowances from staff who drive 100 miles or less in a year on Council business, and cutting sky-high spending on air travel.”
Councillor Gloster added: “The Liberal Democrats also welcome the Boundary Commission review of the number of Councillors and ward boundaries. We have been asking for a review of Councillor numbers since at least 2012 as we believe this may lead to further savings should our proposals for a reduction from 60 Councillors to 40 come to fruition.”Leave a comment