Tonight 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