Commenting on the release of the City Council Labour Administration’s Budget proposals, Conservative Group Leader Cllr. Geoffrey Theobald said: “We will study these proposals over the coming weeks but until we have the final local government finance settlement it would be wrong to comment in any detail. Particularly in light of the fact that there is still a worrying black hole in Labour’s budget of over £3 million, which indicates that they really are in a state of disarray. It is also very disappointing given that Labour don’t have a majority on the Council, that the Council Leader hasn’t once approached me, as the Opposition Leader, to ask if we can work together to try and resolve some of these difficult issues together.
Unfortunately, I think that the Labour Administration is now paying the price for blocking, with the Greens, a lot of the reforms to the Council that should have been carried out 4 or 5 years ago and which we advocated at the time. Compared to a lot of other councils, we are well behind the curve and as a consequence, Labour is having to rush through cuts to front line services without a proper coherent strategy.”