ITEMS FOR CONSIDERATION IN PUBLIC SESSIONSo much for Labour having a fully-worked out plan for leading the Council!
The Chair to inform the meeting of relevant issues.
DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
Councillors to declare any personal and prejudicial interests they mayhave in relation to the items for consideration in public session.
To confirm the Minutes of the meeting of the Cabinet held on 11 April 2011
To receive the minutes of the meeting of the Mapledurham Playing Fields Management Committee held on 1 March 2011.
QUESTIONS AND PETITIONS
To Receive any Questions from Councillors and the Public, and any petitions from the public.
MATTERS REFERRED BY THE CORPORATE, COMMUNITY AND EXTERNAL AFFAIRS SCRUTINY PANEL AND COUNCIL
To consider any matters referred by the Corporate, Community and External Affairs Scrutiny Panel and Council.
DECISION BOOK REFERENCES
To receive any Decision Book call-ins.
CABINET PRIORITIES FOR THE COMING YEAR
Report by the Leader.
LEAD COUNCILLOR PORTFOLIOS
Councillor Lovelock/Head of Central Administration
To agree the Lead Councillors’ portfolios.
ADULT SOCIAL CARE ITEMS
DEVELOPING A COMPREHENSIVE PREVENTATIVE POLICY IN ADULT SOCIAL CARE
Councillor Orton/Director of Housing and Community Care
Report to follow.
They clearly have absolutely no new ideas and are planning to revert to type.
Labour are already promising Council Tax freezes without even having studied the budget figures.
When they do get round to working out what their priorities are for the year they will realise they will not be able to deliver on them (because of the financial situation) and will have to make cuts.
Where will Labour find the savings?
Your guess is as good as mine but I fear it will be frontline services given they are opposed to raising revenue to protect services.
As I pointed out their local manifesto was full of holes and uncosted commitments they can't deliver.
I am particularly alarmed by Labour's plans to halt our reforms to social care which could bankrupt the Council and threaten the survival of key services many people depend on.
Delaying these plans will cost the Council £100,000 - per month.
When we took control of the Council last May in coalition with the Conservatives we published a detailed coalition agreement which was agreed by full Council at the 29 June meeting.
We were open about our priorities for the town and we didn't wait for Cabinet to announce what we plan to do.
When will Labour publish the full details of their deal with the Greens, rather than the edited highlights?
It hardly looks as though they have hit the ground running,