Here are my thoughts on the budget. This will be a two part blog, one about the budget in general and one about what I would like to have seen happen.
I had planned to watch the budget this evening and indeed still can watch it but unfortunately there is no sound on the council webcast and so whilst I could not attend the Civic centre due to work commitments, it now looks like I can’t hear it either, this is extremely disappointing.
I was looking forward to seeing Cllr Gilbert vote down his own budget! He did say after all last year that the main reason he couldnt support the Conservative Budget was because he would never support any budget with job cuts in it – maybe he hasn’t noticed the 21 jobs going this year!!
In all honesty, it is on the whole a fairly good budget. I am pleased to see services saved and I fully expected a tax rise this year as Labour always raise tax as a form of income. I do laugh, however when i see Labour try to claim credit for saving care homes!! It was a cross party suggestion to axe them in the first place chaired by one of their very own members!!
I do disagree however in the attacks on Cllr Norman and claims that he is hypocritical. Things change and new facts come to light and when they do, it is only right that politicians are flexible enough to react to these and rather than pillory him I feel he is to be applauded for taking the correct decisions at the correct times.
There are aspects that I disagree with the budget and I feel there are some missed opportunities (not as much as there was a missing councillor on the most important event of the council year!) but on the whole it is a fair budget.
BREAKING NEWS my evening has suddenly improved as the sound has suddenly switched on!!!