Our Greenwich Council Budget proposals

Budget2019-Twitter-GraphicTonight Greenwich Councillors will vote on the Council’s Budget for 2019/20 – and together with my Opposition Conservative colleagues I’ve spent the past few weeks in the Town Hall developing our alternative proposals.

You can read our alternative plan, which we are putting to a vote at tonight’s Full Council meeting, here.

Back office efficiency savings – belatedly

We welcome some aspects of Labour’s Budget proposal – in particular, Labour councillors’ belated acceptance that back office efficiency savings are possible.  For years and years we have been making the case that, at a time of financial constraint on all councils, Greenwich needs to do more to make efficiencies away from the front line, in back office functions.  We are pleased that the Labour leadership has finally accepted the need to do this – although the delay has been extremely costly to the taxpayer.

As our plan shows, however, Labour’s Budget still contains nearly a million pounds of wasteful spending that the Labour leadership is refusing to deal with. Continue reading Our Greenwich Council Budget proposals

Our proposal to lift 15,000 low income residents out of Council Tax – and why Labour councillors should accept it

Budget Twitter graphicAt last night’s Greenwich Council meeting, Labour councillors voted against a Conservative proposal to increase Council Tax Support for working age residents from 85% to 100% of bills.

The change would effectively lift more than 15,000 Greenwich residents on the lowest incomes out of Council Tax altogether – at a cost of £800,000 a year, which could be paid for by scrapping just some of the £1.6 million of council waste we have identified. Continue reading Our proposal to lift 15,000 low income residents out of Council Tax – and why Labour councillors should accept it