Labour calls for Pendle council leader to come clean on cuts

Labour calls for Pendle council leader to come clean on cuts

Labour calls for Pendle council leader to come clean on cuts

First published in Pendle

PENDLE’S Labour Councillors are calling on council leader Joe Cooney to ‘come clean’ about which services he is planning to add charges to.

The Conservative Leader of the Council made a statement about Pendle’s finances and said that the budget was now so stretched that he was having to consider cutting jobs and adding charges to services to generate income.

But speaking yesterday, Labour councillor Mohammed Iqbal said: “We are absolutely opposed to any more redundancies as the council is already understaffed as it is.

“They have cut staffing levels at the council from 445 to 285 since 2010.

“The people of Pendle are suffering enough and cutting jobs and charging for services is only going to make things worse.

“The cuts to the local government budget are not Councillor Cooney’s fault.

“The coalition in central government are the ones enforcing this and we all know that this government is leaving Pendle in dire straights.

“But what Councillor Cooney needs to do is come clean. Come clean now and tell people what services exactly he is thinking of charging for.

“He sprung the green bin tax on us out of nowhere, there was no consultation and there’s been no consultation since and now people are paying £25 for their green bin collection.

“We can’t have that happen again. He needs to tell people exactly what he is thinking of charging for.”

The council have to save £1.2million this year, followed by £1m the year after and another £1m the year after that.

Whitefield Labour Party councillor Asjad Mahmood echoed Councillor Iqbal’s sentiments and said: “We’ve already been hit with cuts to services and people are struggling financially more than ever before.

“If the council is to start charging for services, it is those who are already in financial hardship that will suffer the most and it may tip others into reaching crisis point.”

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12:35pm Sat 2 Aug 14

Kevin, Colne says...

Local government is now in crisis without end.

Many services have been taken away from local authorities, others are contracted-out; internal political operation has been re-modelled into cabinet-style so that most councillors are effectively powerless.

The idea localities should be able to control and determine some aspects of their destiny has been slaughtered on the altar of dysfunctional neo-liberal ideology.

A solution is simply not possible under the current political economy.

Local government must limp on, perhaps mortally wounded while local councillors effectively administer the last rites.

Often I wonder whether members of those mainstream political parties that support the neo-liberal project with such enthusiasm, and here one thinks of the Conservative Party, ever make the connection in their minds that the project has been inimical to democracy and utterly catastrophic for local government.

I suspect that they never make the connection, which is probably just as well for do so they would have to acknowledge that they are among the principal architects of this current mess.

The Pendle solution is: to promote economic expansion; growing income from business rates and New Homes Bonus; charging for services; and saving costs by being more efficient, spending less on services or not providing some services.

Let’s re-phrase this into what the strategy means in reality.

Promoting economic growth seems to ignore the possibility that Western economies have entered into an era of low economic growth but leaving that aside, business rates amount to taxation upon economic activity.

The New Homes Bonus sounds like attracting funds for destroying the Green Belt; charging for services sounds like residents having to start paying for things at the point of use as well as continuing to pay Council Tax, and spending less on services or not providing services sounds as though residents will pay the same but get even less in return.

By any measure this a strategy of surrender, and a vision that is bleak.
Local government is now in crisis without end. Many services have been taken away from local authorities, others are contracted-out; internal political operation has been re-modelled into cabinet-style so that most councillors are effectively powerless. The idea localities should be able to control and determine some aspects of their destiny has been slaughtered on the altar of dysfunctional neo-liberal ideology. A solution is simply not possible under the current political economy. Local government must limp on, perhaps mortally wounded while local councillors effectively administer the last rites. Often I wonder whether members of those mainstream political parties that support the neo-liberal project with such enthusiasm, and here one thinks of the Conservative Party, ever make the connection in their minds that the project has been inimical to democracy and utterly catastrophic for local government. I suspect that they never make the connection, which is probably just as well for do so they would have to acknowledge that they are among the principal architects of this current mess. The Pendle solution is: to promote economic expansion; growing income from business rates and New Homes Bonus; charging for services; and saving costs by being more efficient, spending less on services or not providing some services. Let’s re-phrase this into what the strategy means in reality. Promoting economic growth seems to ignore the possibility that Western economies have entered into an era of low economic growth but leaving that aside, business rates amount to taxation upon economic activity. The New Homes Bonus sounds like attracting funds for destroying the Green Belt; charging for services sounds like residents having to start paying for things at the point of use as well as continuing to pay Council Tax, and spending less on services or not providing services sounds as though residents will pay the same but get even less in return. By any measure this a strategy of surrender, and a vision that is bleak. Kevin, Colne
  • Score: 16

5:35pm Sat 2 Aug 14

elfnsafety says...

You can rely on Councillor Iqbal to stir the media pot. Given his party's policy is always to spend more money, I wonder what ideas he has to deal with the financing problems facing Pendle and many other Councils.
I also wonder why he expresses such outrage at the announcement of the need to reduce costs further. Hasn't he been paying attention to the meetings of the Council where these issues must have been discussed?
You can rely on Councillor Iqbal to stir the media pot. Given his party's policy is always to spend more money, I wonder what ideas he has to deal with the financing problems facing Pendle and many other Councils. I also wonder why he expresses such outrage at the announcement of the need to reduce costs further. Hasn't he been paying attention to the meetings of the Council where these issues must have been discussed? elfnsafety
  • Score: 3

8:41pm Sat 2 Aug 14

Ann Kerrigan, Horsfield Councillor says...

What a load of rubbish elfnsafety. Cllr Iqbal is basically saying that Pendle Council is being totally screwed by the Govt and by cuts. There is a solution: tax the rich. Tax avoidance in the UK is £120 billion -a huge amount of money. Two thirds of companies pay little or no corporation tax which is equivalent to £200,000,000 just for Pendle. That would stop the cuts wouldn't it. Add to that the devastation on our local economy everytime redundancies have to be made and of course there has to be an alternative to cuts, cuts,cuts.
What a load of rubbish elfnsafety. Cllr Iqbal is basically saying that Pendle Council is being totally screwed by the Govt and by cuts. There is a solution: tax the rich. Tax avoidance in the UK is £120 billion -a huge amount of money. Two thirds of companies pay little or no corporation tax which is equivalent to £200,000,000 just for Pendle. That would stop the cuts wouldn't it. Add to that the devastation on our local economy everytime redundancies have to be made and of course there has to be an alternative to cuts, cuts,cuts. Ann Kerrigan, Horsfield Councillor
  • Score: 6

9:34pm Sat 2 Aug 14

TheCaveman says...

Agreed, Kevin - but I'd add that despite all these cuts can somebody tell me why our council taxes keep going up? Why are our roads in such a shocking state? Why are senior staff in the councils still drawing enormous salaries? The councils (all of them!) seem to have forgotten they are supposed to be working for us - it's us that pays them! The lament that actual councillors, most of them being dedicated and hard working, really are powerless despite being our elected representatives, is so true and a comment I have heard from several of them.

They really have lost the plot.
Agreed, Kevin - but I'd add that despite all these cuts can somebody tell me why our council taxes keep going up? Why are our roads in such a shocking state? Why are senior staff in the councils still drawing enormous salaries? The councils (all of them!) seem to have forgotten they are supposed to be working for us - it's us that pays them! The lament that actual councillors, most of them being dedicated and hard working, really are powerless despite being our elected representatives, is so true and a comment I have heard from several of them. They really have lost the plot. TheCaveman
  • Score: 11

9:58pm Sat 2 Aug 14

Ann Kerrigan, Horsfield Councillor says...

The council tax for Pendle isn't going up from Pendle Council but there are increases due to funding to Lancs Police and I think Lancs Fire Brigade. that is because their funding has been slashed by the Govt. On top of that the town councils have increased their precept as they can do that without the Government penalising them. That extra money is paying for some of the services that the council can't afford to pay for anymore. Then there are the Academies. Unlike all the other schools in Pendle, Academies don't have to pay council tax so as more and more schools take up that status, the locals councils lose even more money. Basically, we need the Government to change the way it funds local councils as it is bankrupting us.
The council tax for Pendle isn't going up from Pendle Council but there are increases due to funding to Lancs Police and I think Lancs Fire Brigade. that is because their funding has been slashed by the Govt. On top of that the town councils have increased their precept as they can do that without the Government penalising them. That extra money is paying for some of the services that the council can't afford to pay for anymore. Then there are the Academies. Unlike all the other schools in Pendle, Academies don't have to pay council tax so as more and more schools take up that status, the locals councils lose even more money. Basically, we need the Government to change the way it funds local councils as it is bankrupting us. Ann Kerrigan, Horsfield Councillor
  • Score: 6

10:11pm Sat 2 Aug 14

Pendlesider says...

Kevin, Colne wrote:
Local government is now in crisis without end.

Many services have been taken away from local authorities, others are contracted-out; internal political operation has been re-modelled into cabinet-style so that most councillors are effectively powerless.

The idea localities should be able to control and determine some aspects of their destiny has been slaughtered on the altar of dysfunctional neo-liberal ideology.

A solution is simply not possible under the current political economy.

Local government must limp on, perhaps mortally wounded while local councillors effectively administer the last rites.

Often I wonder whether members of those mainstream political parties that support the neo-liberal project with such enthusiasm, and here one thinks of the Conservative Party, ever make the connection in their minds that the project has been inimical to democracy and utterly catastrophic for local government.

I suspect that they never make the connection, which is probably just as well for do so they would have to acknowledge that they are among the principal architects of this current mess.

The Pendle solution is: to promote economic expansion; growing income from business rates and New Homes Bonus; charging for services; and saving costs by being more efficient, spending less on services or not providing some services.

Let’s re-phrase this into what the strategy means in reality.

Promoting economic growth seems to ignore the possibility that Western economies have entered into an era of low economic growth but leaving that aside, business rates amount to taxation upon economic activity.

The New Homes Bonus sounds like attracting funds for destroying the Green Belt; charging for services sounds like residents having to start paying for things at the point of use as well as continuing to pay Council Tax, and spending less on services or not providing services sounds as though residents will pay the same but get even less in return.

By any measure this a strategy of surrender, and a vision that is bleak.
well said. council tax (CT) payers are consistantly getting fewer services for their money. the problem is the CT payers who are paying for a diminishing service don't have an option to change service providers or reduce their payments to match the reduction in services (as you would do in the private sector). whereas the provider (e.g. pendle council can choose to contract out CT payers services without agreement from the CT payer).
[quote][p][bold]Kevin, Colne[/bold] wrote: Local government is now in crisis without end. Many services have been taken away from local authorities, others are contracted-out; internal political operation has been re-modelled into cabinet-style so that most councillors are effectively powerless. The idea localities should be able to control and determine some aspects of their destiny has been slaughtered on the altar of dysfunctional neo-liberal ideology. A solution is simply not possible under the current political economy. Local government must limp on, perhaps mortally wounded while local councillors effectively administer the last rites. Often I wonder whether members of those mainstream political parties that support the neo-liberal project with such enthusiasm, and here one thinks of the Conservative Party, ever make the connection in their minds that the project has been inimical to democracy and utterly catastrophic for local government. I suspect that they never make the connection, which is probably just as well for do so they would have to acknowledge that they are among the principal architects of this current mess. The Pendle solution is: to promote economic expansion; growing income from business rates and New Homes Bonus; charging for services; and saving costs by being more efficient, spending less on services or not providing some services. Let’s re-phrase this into what the strategy means in reality. Promoting economic growth seems to ignore the possibility that Western economies have entered into an era of low economic growth but leaving that aside, business rates amount to taxation upon economic activity. The New Homes Bonus sounds like attracting funds for destroying the Green Belt; charging for services sounds like residents having to start paying for things at the point of use as well as continuing to pay Council Tax, and spending less on services or not providing services sounds as though residents will pay the same but get even less in return. By any measure this a strategy of surrender, and a vision that is bleak.[/p][/quote]well said. council tax (CT) payers are consistantly getting fewer services for their money. the problem is the CT payers who are paying for a diminishing service don't have an option to change service providers or reduce their payments to match the reduction in services (as you would do in the private sector). whereas the provider (e.g. pendle council can choose to contract out CT payers services without agreement from the CT payer). Pendlesider
  • Score: 6

11:37pm Sat 2 Aug 14

The Seagull has landed says...

What the hell is Alan Carr doing in charge of Pendle council?
What the hell is Alan Carr doing in charge of Pendle council? The Seagull has landed
  • Score: 8

10:12am Sun 3 Aug 14

TONY WALES says...

The Seagull has landed wrote:
What the hell is Alan Carr doing in charge of Pendle council?
Well they already had the donkey's, so they may as well add a few clowns to the circus....
[quote][p][bold]The Seagull has landed[/bold] wrote: What the hell is Alan Carr doing in charge of Pendle council?[/p][/quote]Well they already had the donkey's, so they may as well add a few clowns to the circus.... TONY WALES
  • Score: 5

10:18am Sun 3 Aug 14

coates warder says...

asked this before and never get a answer... how much money did pbc lose in the iclandic bank fiasco. bet mr cooney wont answer
asked this before and never get a answer... how much money did pbc lose in the iclandic bank fiasco. bet mr cooney wont answer coates warder
  • Score: 9

12:25pm Sun 3 Aug 14

travel happy wanderer says...

What with all the cuts and charging for services they are now planning to spend £100.000 on free WiFi for towns in Pendle.
What with all the cuts and charging for services they are now planning to spend £100.000 on free WiFi for towns in Pendle. travel happy wanderer
  • Score: 9

8:55pm Sun 3 Aug 14

elfnsafety says...

You have to wonder which political party Councillor Kerrigan belongs to.
Isn't it the Lib-Dems?. Judging by her comments, perhaps she should switch to the Labour Party given the way she leapt to the defence of Councillor Iqbal and the absence of any association with the Coalition Government that the Lib-Dems are part of.
Coates Warder is barking up the wrong tree. I don't think Pendle Council ever invested in Icelandic Banks.
The biggest issue here is the complexity of Local Government funding that most people cannot begin to understand. Capital & Revenue expenditure, Central Government grants, Council Tax, income from charging for services, investment income. Bit of a minefield to say the least.
You have to wonder which political party Councillor Kerrigan belongs to. Isn't it the Lib-Dems?. Judging by her comments, perhaps she should switch to the Labour Party given the way she leapt to the defence of Councillor Iqbal and the absence of any association with the Coalition Government that the Lib-Dems are part of. Coates Warder is barking up the wrong tree. I don't think Pendle Council ever invested in Icelandic Banks. The biggest issue here is the complexity of Local Government funding that most people cannot begin to understand. Capital & Revenue expenditure, Central Government grants, Council Tax, income from charging for services, investment income. Bit of a minefield to say the least. elfnsafety
  • Score: -4

7:40am Mon 4 Aug 14

TONY WALES says...

travel happy wanderer wrote:
What with all the cuts and charging for services they are now planning to spend £100.000 on free WiFi for towns in Pendle.
With a free Wi-Fi it is not so easy to find out who is downloading unsuitable material on the internet.
Since you have no trace of the person from the ISP address details.

So you have less chance of catching people who download pornographic material.
[quote][p][bold]travel happy wanderer[/bold] wrote: What with all the cuts and charging for services they are now planning to spend £100.000 on free WiFi for towns in Pendle.[/p][/quote]With a free Wi-Fi it is not so easy to find out who is downloading unsuitable material on the internet. Since you have no trace of the person from the ISP address details. So you have less chance of catching people who download pornographic material. TONY WALES
  • Score: 3

8:18am Mon 4 Aug 14

TheCaveman says...

Tracing users - take a look in the log of most routers and you'll find an entry for every device that connected that includes the MAC address of the device that logged on - this is unique to every device. Nowhere near as easy to trace as a user's IP address but it amazes me how many people think that what they do with the internet is anonymous. Apologies for going off topic and I agree that, as magnificent a resource as the internet is, access is provided in most libraries and this expenditure (plus the maintenance!) is extravagant. More jobs for the boys.
Tracing users - take a look in the log of most routers and you'll find an entry for every device that connected that includes the MAC address of the device that logged on - this is unique to every device. Nowhere near as easy to trace as a user's IP address but it amazes me how many people think that what they do with the internet is anonymous. Apologies for going off topic and I agree that, as magnificent a resource as the internet is, access is provided in most libraries and this expenditure (plus the maintenance!) is extravagant. More jobs for the boys. TheCaveman
  • Score: 4

11:59am Mon 4 Aug 14

wet n windy says...

TONY WALES wrote:
travel happy wanderer wrote:
What with all the cuts and charging for services they are now planning to spend £100.000 on free WiFi for towns in Pendle.
With a free Wi-Fi it is not so easy to find out who is downloading unsuitable material on the internet.
Since you have no trace of the person from the ISP address details.

So you have less chance of catching people who download pornographic material.
Im sure it will be a filtered connection so this type of stuff is blocked
[quote][p][bold]TONY WALES[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]travel happy wanderer[/bold] wrote: What with all the cuts and charging for services they are now planning to spend £100.000 on free WiFi for towns in Pendle.[/p][/quote]With a free Wi-Fi it is not so easy to find out who is downloading unsuitable material on the internet. Since you have no trace of the person from the ISP address details. So you have less chance of catching people who download pornographic material.[/p][/quote]Im sure it will be a filtered connection so this type of stuff is blocked wet n windy
  • Score: 2

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