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Labour Devastate Derbyshire County Council

Labour’s increased spending, bungling, pay rises to Cabinet members, delays and dithering about the previous administrations savings programme has now created a £10m spending gap in 2014-15, which will be compounded in 2015-16 when a further £50m, nearly £30m more than planned will need to be found.

Derbyshire Labour: Destined to Fail

DCLG Minister Eric Pickles gave the Labour leaders of Derbyshire short-shrift in their ill thought out quest to meet with him. In what was yet another clear party political electioneering ploy that ignored sensible joined-up approaches to get Government to listen they instead opted to attempt lock horns. Clearly understanding that the minister was unlikely to play ball.Derbyshire Conservatives believe that the level of cuts being imposed upon local authorities are now above and beyond their fair share and have lobbied through the powerful Local Government Association, of which Cllr Andrew Lewer, the Leader of Derbyshire Conservative Group is Deputy Chairman. Cllr Lewer said"There are clear and effective channels through which local government can influence and challenge ministers on issues like this. Cllr Western and her colleagues knew they were destined to fail but the headline was all that mattered to them.Derbyshire Conservatives will continue to use effective means to make Government and Ministers listen to the combined and powerful voices of Local Authorities, across all parties, about our real concerns on the issue of local government funding."

Breakfast Clubs: A Good Scheme Undermined by Half-Baked Labour thinking

Today Cabinet approved a paper to introduce a trial for Breakfast Clubs in schools where a need, the basis of which is deprivation, has been identified. Derbyshire Conservatives welcome the idea in principle as they believe this will do much to increase attendance amongst those children where it is currently poor and generally improve school behaviour. However, the implementation of the scheme requires additional thought to ensure it targets those that most need it by working with Multi Agency Teams and Family Intervention services. This report gives scant regard to this. Perhaps most fundamentally this report fails to recognise that it is ultimately the responsibility of parents to ensure their children are fed and get to school. Not the responsibility of the State.Perhaps some of the money would be better spent to encourage and educate the parents?

Labour Looks to Generate Revenue from Motorists

In plans to go before Cabinet tomorrow Labour controlled DCC are to give the go-ahead to a £1million scheme that will digitise 70 of the county and city's speed cameras. The controversial move will bring 60 cameras that are currently defunct back into use.  


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Taxpayer Funding Resumes for Left-Wing Campaigning Group

Derbyshire County Council Labour Cabinet members today approved a paper to resume funding the Derbyshire Unemployed Workers Centre (DUWC), despite prior legal advice from the authority declaring the organisation a political group and therefore not eligible to receive taxpayer funding.  The grant totalling nearly £40,000 will be given to the organisation that famously produced T-shirts that celebrated the eventual death of Margaret Thatcher in September 2012; months before her actual death on 8th April 2013.  The DUWC attracted nationwide condemnation, even from senior trade union officials such as Brendan Barber of TUC who described the slogans as “sickening”. 

Labour’s First Cabinet:

Turning Back the Clock to the 1970s Era of Tax and Spend Politics and Muted Opposition

Labour Tries to Hoodwink the Public

Labour controlled DCC recently issued a press release (20th May) that was full of blatant inaccuracies and misleading statements designed to pull the wool over the eyes of the public. In what was one of the biggest changes to the constitution in decades at last week’s full council meeting, issued to members to consider just two hours before it; they took away the right of councillors to ask questions of cabinet members. This from the group that said in the run up to the election they would make the council more transparent - not less. 

Labours First Act: A Pay Rise and a Fundamental Change to the Constitution to Silence the Opposition

At Wednesday’s first Full Council following the elections the new Labour administration pushed through two important agenda items; one that paid Cabinet members more money for less work and used money from the Local Government Pension Scheme to pay the chairman and vice-chairman of that committee.  They then followed this with the biggest change to the constitution seen in decades, taking away the right of backbench councillors to ask questions of Cabinet members on decisions the council makes.