Conservative Councillors in North Warwickshire have been accused of wasting tax payer’s money by calling an emergency full
council meeting to discuss proposals on Westminster Parliamentary boundaries. The meeting in Atherstone was called at short notice for Wednesday 22 March 2017. The cost of the meeting must be met by the taxpayers of North Warwickshire.
Labour Councillors have boycotted the council meeting, because they say it is a waste of public money. Labour have called for Conservative Councillors to personally reimburse the Council Tax payer for the cost and demanded that no travel allowances or taxi fares should be claimed for attending the meeting.
Labour Group Leader, Councillor Adam Farrell said;
“This meeting is a waste of council taxpayer’s money. The Tory Councillors will claim travel allowances to talk about Parliamentary boundaries, but last year when they could have made a submission to the Boundary Commission, they did nothing before the deadline for submissions. The Conservative leadership were then asleep on the job. Now they want to call a special meeting to cover up their failure to put it on the agenda at a regular meeting.
“Labour decided to boycott the council meeting because we think it’s wrong to claim public money for Conservative politicians to contemplate their own navel.
“This is all about Westminster, not North Warwickshire. They have got suddenly panicked about the job security of their MP, Craig Tracey.
“Last year local tax payers paid £74,962 in salary and £120,250.23 in expenses for Craig Tracey and now the Conservatives have charged council tax payers for this ridiculous meeting to discuss how they can protect his job. They should worry less about the future of their Tory MP and more about the future of services for people in North Warwickshire. The Tories in Warwickshire have put up people’s council tax, cut the ‘Boroughcare’ for the elderly, imposed charges for new dust bins and now they are wasting money on this meeting about their MP’s boundaries. It’s outrageous.
“The Conservative Councillors in North Warwickshire should each personally reimburse the Council Tax payer for the costs incurred for this party political meeting. They should not be allowed to claim travel allowance or the cost of their taxi fares from the council tax payer because the meeting is political. I will be checking what each of them has claimed for this meeting.
“The Tories have claimed they will also discuss a Labour Constituency Party proposal to put Coleshill and Water Orton outside North Warwickshire constituency. But that is a lie. The local Labour Party has never supported any such proposal. This whole meeting is a confusing, pointless, costly waste of council taxpayer’s money.”
Conservative Borough Council slammed for wasting tax payers cash Labour boycott ‘political stunt’ Council Meeting
Conservative Councillors in North Warwickshire have been accused of wasting tax payer’s money by calling an emergency full council meeting to discuss proposals on Westminster Parliamentary boundaries. The meeting in...
The Conservative Party has faced abject humiliation after a major Budget U-turn was announced. A week ago, the Chancellor,Philip Hammond, had announced a hike in national insurance contributions for the self-employed in breach of the Conservative Party Manifesto. On that day, he was cheered by Conservative MPs, but one week later, as the public and media denounced the broken promise, Hammond was forced him to say he will not proceed with the taxing increase, leaving him with a £2Billion black hole in the public finances.
Labour's North Warwickshire Group Leader, Cllr Adam Farrell said, “Nationally, a number of Conservative backbenchers came out against the tax, but locally, the North Warwickshire MP and the Nuneaton MP, were silent. Our weak kneed duo shamefully kept their heads down about NICs. They cannot claim any credit for this screeching humiliating U-turn. Their supine silence has left them as humiliated as their party. Even worse, when Craig Tracey mentioned the budget in a press release five days later he failed to mention the tax rise.”
On Wednesday 15 March, Philip Hammond announced “In the light of what has emerged as a clear view among colleagues and a significant section of the public I have decided not to proceed with the class 4 NIC measures set out in the budget.”
Embarrassingly for the Prime Minister, when the Chancellor told the Cabinet about the increase in national insurance for the self-employed, no one around the cabinet table pointed out that it was a breach of the Conservative manifesto promise. It was only later in the media pointed out that they were all acting in breach other promises that they remembered what they had promised.
Cllr Farrell said, “There is no longer any confidence in the competence of Philip Hammond to run the economy. He must resign as Chancellor. In one unprecedented U-turn Hammond has demonstrated himself incapable of managing the public finances and he now has to find extra money in cuts or tax increases to fill a black hole in his budget.”
The Conservative Party has faced abject humiliation after a major Budget U-turn was announced. A week ago, the Chancellor,Philip Hammond, had announced a hike in national insurance contributions for the...
Two days after the budget, The Tory MPs for North Warwickshire and Nuneaton have failed to put anything on their website about the budget. Normally the MPs would be defending the Budget within minutes. The Chancellor’s proposal to increase National Insurance for the self-employed, in breach of the 2015 Conservative Manifesto promise has rendered them embarrassed and silent - so far. Now that the Prime Minister has climbed down within days and said that the tax hike for 2m people will be withdrawn from the Finance Bill and there will be no vote until the autumn, the MPs have been given a chance to
Cllr Adam Farrell says, “The two local Tory MP’s have been shamed into silence. What can they say? Would they say they welcomed the chance to break their manifesto promise? Would they say they would vote to raise taxes on the self-employed? Philip Hammond has made every Tory MP out to be a liar.
“The Prime Minister has now said a vote on the tax hike will be delayed. Maybe they can say something now?”
The former Labour MP for North Warwickshire, Mike O’Brien, agreed, “I’ve never seen anything like this. It is unprecedented for Tory MPs to refuse to defend their own Budget.
“This Chancellor was stupid to put a broken manifesto promise at the centre of his Budget. Every Tory MPs must be livid and embarrassed. The Budget unravelled immediately and we have now seen the fastest climb down in history. What a cock up?
“I actually feel sorry for these Tory MPs. They have been left with nothing to say; so, for days they have said nothing.
“Philip Hammond has shown by his Budget that he is unfit to be Chancellor. He is just not a safe pair of hands.”
Two days after the budget, The Tory MPs for North Warwickshire and Nuneaton have failed to put anything on their website about the budget. Normally the MPs would be defending...
A Labour Group amendment to the Conservative Council’s budget would have seen Arley Sports Centre re-open full time, the charges for replacement bins scrapped and charges for almost half of pensioners on Borough Care reversed. The plans were voted down by Conservative Councillors who decided to put their pay and senior managers first.
The Labour amendment would have cut an additional £160,000 in waste from the Council’s back office costs, including over £40,000 the Council spends on ‘Corporate Communications’. Labour Councillors also put forward plans to halve the Council’s £900,000 a year senior management budget and reduce the money paid to Councillors.
Opposition Leader and Coleshill North Borough Councillor, Adam Farrell, said;
“I’m disappointed but not surprised that the Conservatives didn’t back Labour’s amendment. We want to see the cost of the back office reduced and the cost of senior management cut in half. It cannot be right to continue to spend nearly £1million on senior management and then at the same time charge residents for new bins and the elderly for their care service.
"Labour want to see investment, which is why we would not only reverse Tory cuts but we would also invest in our local communities. Our amendment included £160,000 for new community facilities in areas impacted by housing, funding to consult the community on a new Pavilion in Polesworth and a fund to tackle speed on the A446 and A51 in Kingsbury.
"A Labour Council would also be investing funding for a new lorry park in North Warwickshire – helping to reduce problems may residential areas face with HGV’s, litter and mess. We’d also be supporting our High Streets and local businesses with over £50,000 going in to Atherstone, Kingsbury, Polesworth and Coleshill.
"On top of all this, we’d also be providing an additional £30,000 to fight the Daw Mill appeal and funding for trying to narrow the education attainment gap for young people in Hartshill and Mancetter.
"Conservative Councillors voted against these plans despite Labour proposing no rise in Council Tax, using less money from reserves and leaving the Council in a stronger financial position for the future.”
A Labour Group amendment to the Conservative Council’s budget would have seen Arley Sports Centre re-open full time, the charges for replacement bins scrapped and charges for almost half of...
New figures released by NHS England, show that during the last week The George Eliot Hospital was forced to declare that theywere unable to deliver comprehensive care, with increased potential for patient care and safety to be compromised.
Figures also show that the hospital had to declare to further alerts during the last week as it struggled to cope with demand.
Commenting on the figures, Cllr Adam Farrell said;
“This is a terrible situation for our NHS to be in. It’s a situation created in Westminster by Conservative politicians who have just failed to grasp the seriousness of this. We have a crisis in our health system and in our social care sector.
“Our NHS faces cuts, our social care service faces cuts and the budgets used to improve people’s health also face cuts. This is a recipe for disaster and until we get action from Government to deal with the crisis, nothing will improve, in fact it could get a whole lot worse.
“I hope our MP in North Warwickshire will now apologise for the leaflet he put out in the last few weeks. It said he would ‘ensure the Eliot is supported and never mismanaged again, as it was under Labour.’
“Mr Tracey should admit he’s failing. The NHS is in crisis on his watch and it’s about time he did something about it rather than just blaming the last Labour Government.”
New figures released by NHS England, show that during the last week The George Eliot Hospital was forced to declare that theywere unable to deliver comprehensive care, with increased potential...
People who have their wheelie bin stolen will be hit by a tax on victims by North Warwickshire Tories.
The Conservative controlled Borough Council has today confirmed that victims of wheelie bin theft or criminal damage by vandals will now have to pay the Council £35 for a replacement.
Currently residents who have a bin stolen or damaged will have the bin replaced free of charge. But Conservative Councillors have decided to double penalise victims of crime by charging the additional £35.
Labour Group Leader, Cllr Adam Farrell said;
“Residents who have their bin stolen will now be hit with a £35 charge to replace it. You’ll be robbed twice. Once by the thief and then by your Tory council!
“Labour voted against the charge. It is unfair on the victims of crime. It also makes no financial sense.
“The Tories claim the Council will save £75,000 by imposing this £35 fine on the victims of crime!
“But the administrative costs of the scheme will be significant. There will be the cost of processing payments, dealing with disputes over stolen bins, trying to work out who damaged a bin. Over 2200 bins were issued last year, so this is a huge task. How much is it going to cost in staff time to process all of this? I suspect it is both a false economy and morally disreputable.
“The Council is telling residents hit with a £35 charge to claim on their home insurance! But some people, often the elderly or disabled have not insured their bins. In fact, I need to check my insurance, to see if I have insured my bin! You just couldn’t make this up!”
People who have their wheelie bin stolen will be hit by a tax on victims by North Warwickshire Tories. The Conservative controlled Borough Council has today confirmed that victims of...
“What did the MPs get when they went to see the minister? Nothing!” said Cllr Adam Farrell, Leader of North Warwickshire Labour Group.
It follows a press release by MPs Marcus Jones and Craig Tracy saying they had met the Junior Health Minister to discuss the threat to the accident and emergency and other services at George Eliot Hospital in Nuneaton following the announcement of a local NHS review in December.
In a strong attack on the MP’s, Cllr Farrell said, “Their press release wreaked of hypocrisy. At one point Marcus Jones said the NHS cuts policy was local, but the first thing the MP’s did was to see a national Minister. It confirms what we all know: this is a national process driven by government policy and, what’s more, these two MPs voted for this policy. They are now pretending they did not know their vote would mean cuts in the local hospital.
“It’s the same hypocrisy they display again and again. On housing, they vote for more housing in Parliament, then rush back to oppose local developments. They voted for the Conservative policy of NHS reviews and when the George Eliot Hospital is threatened these two MPs hypocritically claim, ‘Not me Guv’. They then pretend they will do something. So they see a Minister. I bet the Minister said to them, ‘Well, you voted for this, boys! What did you think you voted for’?
“Its gutless and its distasteful. If they had anything about them, these MPs would defend what they vote for. Instead, they say one thing in Westminster and another locally.”
“What did the MPs get when they went to see the minister? Nothing!” said Cllr Adam Farrell, Leader of North Warwickshire Labour Group. It follows a press release by MPs...
A Government announcement to build 14 new garden villages across the country has led to calls from Labour Councillors in North Warwickshire for the local Borough Council to seriously consider the option of building their own ‘garden village’.
Announcing the policy, Conserative Minister Gavin Barwell MP said “Garden towns and villages have enormous potential to deliver the homes that communities need.”
Labour Group Leader, Cllr Adam Farrell said;
“It’s not often I issue a statement backing a Conservative Government policy but on this occasion the Conservative Minister is right. North Warwickshire has to build a minimum of 9070 new homes over the next 15 years. The Conservative Government’s policy means we have no choice in this matter.
“The Borough Council can however set out the land it wants homes built on. The options are very simple. You can build new homes in existing towns and villages or you can build a new village.
“The first option comes with no guarantee of new infrastructure, places pressure on existing infrastructure and public services and just as importantly, it does not generate the same economic benefits to a local area as building a new village.
“A new village would come with new infrastructure, new services and would provide a huge boost to the local economy.
“I again call on the Conservative Borough Council to listen to the views of local people. Hundreds of locals marched the build route in Dordon and Polesworth today to express their opposition to the plan.
"The Council should withdraw their damaging plan to build thousands of homes in Atherstone, Dordon, Polesworth and Ansley and instead go back to the drawing board to explore a new garden town or village.”
Labour: Now is the time for North Warwickshire Borough Council to seriously explore building a new village or town
A Government announcement to build 14 new garden villages across the country has led to calls from Labour Councillors in North Warwickshire for the local Borough Council to seriously consider...
Labour's new Group Leader at North Warwickshire Borough Council has been live on air this morning on BBC Coventry &Warwickshire to share his views on becoming the youngest Group Leader in the country, the future for the local party and the new Labour Leader, Jeremy Corbyn.
You can listen to the interview here (scroll along to 2hrs 21mins in).
Labour's new Group Leader at North Warwickshire Borough Council has been live on air this morning on BBC Coventry &Warwickshire to share his views on becoming the youngest Group Leader...