Tories say how they would spend your tax money if they were elected

The Bolton News: Bolton Town Hall Bolton Town Hall

BOLTON'S Tories are calling for a cleaner Bolton - and no rise in council tax - as they challenge the town's Labour leadership with a rival budget ahead of tomorrow's key finance meeting.

Cllr David Greenhalgh, leader of the Conservative group in Bolton, and deputy leader Cllr Andy Morgan have submitted the group's own budget proposal ahead of the full council meeting this evening.

In it, they call on town hall chiefs to accept the government offer to freeze council tax in exchange for a £1m grant - at odds with the current plans to raise the charge 1.48 per cent and raise £1.6 million for the coffers.

They argue that the £600,000 shortfall could be made up by asking all councillors to take a 25 per cent pay cut - raising £125,000 - and reducing the area forum and neighbourhood management budgets by £200,000.

Other measures include reducing the subsidy in the Albert Halls, including the staff canteen, and saving £50,000 on personal advisors.

Cllr Greenhalgh said he also wants the council to allocate £1 million to pay for more street cleaning and enforcement officers to make Bolton a cleaner town over the next two years.

Councillors agreed last year to axe the town's dedicated graffiti team and reduced the number of street cleaners and level of grass cutting in Bolton's public spaces, saving £638,000 in 2014/15.

Cllr Greenhalgh: "We agree with the highways investment put forward but we feel Labour have really neglected this high priority, and I think they are in denial about it.

"We receive numerous letters from residents about dog fouling and the cleanliness of the streets. It's a major issue for people."

However, they said they would support Cllr Cliff Morris' plans to spend £400,000 raising the wages of the council's lowest paid staff, and to save £3 million for the predicted cash shortfall for 2015/16.

The authority has to save £21.7m in 2014/15, and set a two year budget in February last year to deal with the challenge.

Members will consider both budgets at the full council meeting tonight, which starts at 7pm.

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5:17pm Tue 25 Feb 14

steveG says...

Cuts in Councillors pay is a popular measure amongst many rate payers and makes sense.It is also obscene that any person employed as a public servant in a local council should earn wages they wouldnt be able to earn outside public service.
Cuts in Councillors pay is a popular measure amongst many rate payers and makes sense.It is also obscene that any person employed as a public servant in a local council should earn wages they wouldnt be able to earn outside public service. steveG

7:40pm Tue 25 Feb 14

holloway_david says...

Keep up the pressure ; this is what I wanted to hear.
Keep up the pressure ; this is what I wanted to hear. holloway_david

8:21pm Tue 25 Feb 14

bwfc58 says...

UKIP have more chance of getting in BOLTON than the Conservatives so i do think this is a wasted report and we all know what the Conservatives would do with our tax money give it to other countries and give it to wealthy bankers so come on UKIP get elected and make this once great country proud of its self again
UKIP have more chance of getting in BOLTON than the Conservatives so i do think this is a wasted report and we all know what the Conservatives would do with our tax money give it to other countries and give it to wealthy bankers so come on UKIP get elected and make this once great country proud of its self again bwfc58

8:44pm Tue 25 Feb 14

BWFC71 says...

bwfc58 wrote:
UKIP have more chance of getting in BOLTON than the Conservatives so i do think this is a wasted report and we all know what the Conservatives would do with our tax money give it to other countries and give it to wealthy bankers so come on UKIP get elected and make this once great country proud of its self again
Actually UKIP have a much less chance. In the last local by-election the Conservatives not only held on to their seat but INCREASED their share of the vote - but UKIP did take votes away from LibDems (which is no surprise considering the back-stabbing of their voters)

Lets not forget the truth of what happened!!!!


Also, what measures do UKIP have in place, LOCALLY (never mind nationally), to stop the bankers from getting richer or even supposedly taking UK out of the EU?

It seems one person doesn't know the difference between Local Councillors and Members of Parliament!!!!
[quote][p][bold]bwfc58[/bold] wrote: UKIP have more chance of getting in BOLTON than the Conservatives so i do think this is a wasted report and we all know what the Conservatives would do with our tax money give it to other countries and give it to wealthy bankers so come on UKIP get elected and make this once great country proud of its self again[/p][/quote]Actually UKIP have a much less chance. In the last local by-election the Conservatives not only held on to their seat but INCREASED their share of the vote - but UKIP did take votes away from LibDems (which is no surprise considering the back-stabbing of their voters) Lets not forget the truth of what happened!!!! Also, what measures do UKIP have in place, LOCALLY (never mind nationally), to stop the bankers from getting richer or even supposedly taking UK out of the EU? It seems one person doesn't know the difference between Local Councillors and Members of Parliament!!!! BWFC71

9:08pm Tue 25 Feb 14

Jim271 says...

yes people vote UKIP to protest,
yes people vote UKIP to protest, Jim271

9:21pm Tue 25 Feb 14

Citizen Cane says...

Vote Labour - the immigration lovers party; They even voted to keep the human rights legislation intact so that foreign rapists and murderers can stay in the UK when their prison sentence is over. That's what you are voting for.
Vote Labour - the immigration lovers party; They even voted to keep the human rights legislation intact so that foreign rapists and murderers can stay in the UK when their prison sentence is over. That's what you are voting for. Citizen Cane

9:21pm Tue 25 Feb 14

wsw69 says...

It doesn't matter who is in charge, they are all totally clueless. They will specialise in wasting OUR money.

Cutting budgets in the real world usually starts with cutting jobs or people salaries, usually both. So councillors, let's crack on from the top down and kick-off with getting shut of at least 25% of you wallers raping a living from the local public purse. That idiot Sean Harris can be the first to go, as can Cliff 'the stiff' Morris.

Anyway, they shouldn't be paid the ridiculous sums of money they get. It should be a nominal sum to cover their actual expenses. NOT ONE of them is worth anything over £25,000 per annum, and that includes expenses.

Whenever I see Andy Morgan prancing across the 'clown hall' square he looks completely dateless. I have never seen anyone look so vacant and gormless.
It doesn't matter who is in charge, they are all totally clueless. They will specialise in wasting OUR money. Cutting budgets in the real world usually starts with cutting jobs or people salaries, usually both. So councillors, let's crack on from the top down and kick-off with getting shut of at least 25% of you wallers raping a living from the local public purse. That idiot Sean Harris can be the first to go, as can Cliff 'the stiff' Morris. Anyway, they shouldn't be paid the ridiculous sums of money they get. It should be a nominal sum to cover their actual expenses. NOT ONE of them is worth anything over £25,000 per annum, and that includes expenses. Whenever I see Andy Morgan prancing across the 'clown hall' square he looks completely dateless. I have never seen anyone look so vacant and gormless. wsw69

9:47am Wed 26 Feb 14

Jim271 says...

Once Upon a Time there was a country called Britain that had been invaded by immigrants from all over the world and was sinking into the sea.

Then one day a great warrior called Farage appeared and drove all the immigrants out freeing up all the houses and jobs.

and the people lived happily ever after.

Latest UKIP manifesto.
Once Upon a Time there was a country called Britain that had been invaded by immigrants from all over the world and was sinking into the sea. Then one day a great warrior called Farage appeared and drove all the immigrants out freeing up all the houses and jobs. and the people lived happily ever after. Latest UKIP manifesto. Jim271

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