WALTHAM FOREST: Tories "would cut council tax"

COUNCILLORS have agreed to freeze council tax in Waltham Forest this year - but the Tories have said they could have cut it by 2.3 per cent if they were in power.

Council leader Chris Robbins described the tax freeze, which will be financed by £10 million-worth of budget savings, as a "real boost" for residents.

But the Tories alternative budget, which was checked by the council’s director of finance, detailed a 2.3 per cent cut in council tax - partly financed by cutting the authority’s publicity budget and fleet of CCTV ‘spy cars’.

The approved budget, supported by the Labour/Liberal Democrat coalition, was voted through at a meeting of full council last Thursday.

It includes extra funding for schools, equivalent to £207 a pupil, an extra £500,000 for environment enforcement, £200,000 to tackle dangerous dogs and an extra £2.6m on children's services.

The council tax freeze will be paid for through a £1.7m cut from adult social care, including nearly £500,000 saved by reducing staff numbers.

A total of £480,000 will be cut by outsourcing the management of council buildings and there will be job cuts in the housing department.

Cabinet members previously agreed that most increases in charges and fees will be kept slightly below inflation at 1.5 per cent, but owners of heavy-polluting cars will face larger increases of between 2.9 and 11 per cent and parking fines will be increased - raking in an estimated £500,000.

Penalties for littering, flytipping and noise pollution will all increase.

Cllr Robbins said: “I am proud that in addition to keeping council tax down we have been able to increase spending on the issues our residents tell us are their priorities from cleaning up litter to making our streets safer.”

The Tory proposals would have seen £750,000 from the council’s corporate communications department and axing the authority’s information sheet, Waltham Forest News.

It also proposed to save £355,000 by getting rid of CCTV vehicles, which enforce traffic regulations.

Cllr Davis said: “Having a large expensive corporate communications department makes no difference to residents' satisfaction levels at all.

“Our message is that the council should stop telling people how good it is and prove it by doing the things people want it to.”

Despite previous criticisms of the cuts to adult social care, the Tories included them in their budget after officers guaranteed frontline services would not be affected.

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3:27pm Fri 26 Feb 10

solidmoonwolf says...

The tories would cut council tax, then they will cut services like they have done across other london boroughs, like Hammersmith and Fulham.
The tories would cut council tax, then they will cut services like they have done across other london boroughs, like Hammersmith and Fulham. solidmoonwolf

4:33pm Fri 26 Feb 10

Angel786 says...

They try to mislead the electorate almost as much as Macklin does. Their numbers don't add up. If you look at their proposals they propose over £80,000 a year in savings by deleting 4 posts that cost £8,000 a year. Do we really want these people in charge? I think the answer is no.

Angel786
They try to mislead the electorate almost as much as Macklin does. Their numbers don't add up. If you look at their proposals they propose over £80,000 a year in savings by deleting 4 posts that cost £8,000 a year. Do we really want these people in charge? I think the answer is no. Angel786 Angel786

10:52pm Fri 26 Feb 10

mdj says...

'A total of £480,000 will be cut by outsourcing the management of council buildings..'
How on earth can they assume this before it happens? The Kier contract has saved no money at all, at the expense of c 100 local jobs, and a worse service than before.
How insane that a Labour council should chant the mantra of privatisation as the cure-all, when even the Tories have given up the pretence that is is automatically the case. This can only raise the suspicion that the motivation for signing privatisation contracts is nothing to do with value for money.Remember that Kier was fined a record amount for contract- rigging recently, and ask yourselves what is really going on.
'A total of £480,000 will be cut by outsourcing the management of council buildings..' How on earth can they assume this before it happens? The Kier contract has saved no money at all, at the expense of c 100 local jobs, and a worse service than before. How insane that a Labour council should chant the mantra of privatisation as the cure-all, when even the Tories have given up the pretence that is is automatically the case. This can only raise the suspicion that the motivation for signing privatisation contracts is nothing to do with value for money.Remember that Kier was fined a record amount for contract- rigging recently, and ask yourselves what is really going on. mdj

9:39am Sat 27 Feb 10

Angel786 says...

MDJ,

I normally don't respond to other peoples comments as everyone has the right to their own opinion, however, Waltham Forest is not a Labour Council. I wish it were. The Lib Dems are constantly stopping the Labour members from making improvements to your borough.

Angel786
MDJ, I normally don't respond to other peoples comments as everyone has the right to their own opinion, however, Waltham Forest is not a Labour Council. I wish it were. The Lib Dems are constantly stopping the Labour members from making improvements to your borough. Angel786 Angel786

11:02am Sat 27 Feb 10

newyear says...

Well said, Angel786. As for the Tories, I can only observe that people have short memories. Solidmoonwolf mentions the experience of Tory-run London boroughs. True, they might keep their streets clean but then Mussolini made the trains run on time!
Well said, Angel786. As for the Tories, I can only observe that people have short memories. Solidmoonwolf mentions the experience of Tory-run London boroughs. True, they might keep their streets clean but then Mussolini made the trains run on time! newyear

4:30pm Sat 27 Feb 10

wfmywordmybond says...

Angel786 wrote:
MDJ,

I normally don't respond to other peoples comments as everyone has the right to their own opinion, however, Waltham Forest is not a Labour Council. I wish it were. The Lib Dems are constantly stopping the Labour members from making improvements to your borough.

Angel786
Angel786 - I would love to hear the examples you have of "Lib Dems ...constantly stopping the Labour members from making improvements to borough."
[quote][p][bold]Angel786[/bold] wrote: MDJ, I normally don't respond to other peoples comments as everyone has the right to their own opinion, however, Waltham Forest is not a Labour Council. I wish it were. The Lib Dems are constantly stopping the Labour members from making improvements to your borough. Angel786[/p][/quote]Angel786 - I would love to hear the examples you have of "Lib Dems ...constantly stopping the Labour members from making improvements to [the] borough." wfmywordmybond

6:44pm Sat 27 Feb 10

Angel786 says...

A drug treatment centre is one example. They spread lies about the types of treatments and patients at the site for political advantage. This then hurts the resdients of the borough who need the service and those who suffer from the consequences (loved ones and victims of drug related crime. ie.theft).

Angel786

Angel786
A drug treatment centre is one example. They spread lies about the types of treatments and patients at the site for political advantage. This then hurts the resdients of the borough who need the service and those who suffer from the consequences (loved ones and victims of drug related crime. ie.theft). Angel786 Angel786 Angel786

10:19am Sun 28 Feb 10

newyear says...

Tories "would cut council tax". Tories would cut their own grandmothers' life support if they thought it would buy them political advantage!
Tories "would cut council tax". Tories would cut their own grandmothers' life support if they thought it would buy them political advantage! newyear

11:44am Mon 1 Mar 10

Silent Majority 2009 says...

Surely it is time for change. Labour and the Liberals have jointly scewed up much of the Borough while leaving Chingford untouched. The residents of Chingford feel excluded so let the Tories take over and all the nonsense the rest of the Borough has had to put up with can go there like CPZs, Spy cars, Big Screens, partnership funding, area action plans, speed humps, library improvements to name but a few.
Surely it is time for change. Labour and the Liberals have jointly scewed up much of the Borough while leaving Chingford untouched. The residents of Chingford feel excluded so let the Tories take over and all the nonsense the rest of the Borough has had to put up with can go there like CPZs, Spy cars, Big Screens, partnership funding, area action plans, speed humps, library improvements to name but a few. Silent Majority 2009

2:54pm Mon 1 Mar 10

Techno2 says...

Angel786 wrote:
A drug treatment centre is one example. They spread lies about the types of treatments and patients at the site for political advantage. This then hurts the resdients of the borough who need the service and those who suffer from the consequences (loved ones and victims of drug related crime. ie.theft). Angel786 Angel786
Actually, I don't remember anyone spreading lies, other than some of the Councillors such as Mr Robbins.

The people who opposed the drug treatment centre at the St James's Street library (many of whom are Labour voters) did not oppose it from ignorance about such a centre -there was, and indeed still is one already, one just round the corner in the St James's Street area.

Most of us who opposed the drug treatment centre were from a variety of political allegiences and none. Everyone I spoke to at the time was quite happy with the site of the existing centre, which does not cause anything like the problems the one in the residential Coppermill Lane would have caused. Most people I spoke to about it were also happy to have another drug treatment centre somewhere else in the borough where it would do sone good. They just considered the St James's Street library was the wrong place and that the Library should be a library.

My preferred option would have been for it to be sited somewhere between the Magistrates Court/Probation Services and the Police Station on Forest Road, as this would be convenient for many users of those local services and , as you say, be reassuring for loved ones and victims of drug related crime etc.
[quote][p][bold]Angel786[/bold] wrote: A drug treatment centre is one example. They spread lies about the types of treatments and patients at the site for political advantage. This then hurts the resdients of the borough who need the service and those who suffer from the consequences (loved ones and victims of drug related crime. ie.theft). Angel786 Angel786[/p][/quote]Actually, I don't remember anyone spreading lies, other than some of the Councillors such as Mr Robbins. The people who opposed the drug treatment centre at the St James's Street library (many of whom are Labour voters) did not oppose it from ignorance about such a centre -there was, and indeed still is one already, one just round the corner in the St James's Street area. Most of us who opposed the drug treatment centre were from a variety of political allegiences and none. Everyone I spoke to at the time was quite happy with the site of the existing centre, which does not cause anything like the problems the one in the residential Coppermill Lane would have caused. Most people I spoke to about it were also happy to have another drug treatment centre somewhere else in the borough where it would do sone good. They just considered the St James's Street library was the wrong place and that the Library should be a library. My preferred option would have been for it to be sited somewhere between the Magistrates Court/Probation Services and the Police Station on Forest Road, as this would be convenient for many users of those local services and , as you say, be reassuring for loved ones and victims of drug related crime etc. Techno2

6:06pm Mon 1 Mar 10

Walthamster says...

I have issues with the Lib Dems failing to stop the (so-called) Labour group attacking our services. But the damage is done by the Labour group.

Angel786, are you talking about the drug centre the council wanted to replace St James Street Library with? if so, your views are beyond fantasy. You've lost all credibility.
I have issues with the Lib Dems failing to stop the (so-called) Labour group attacking our services. But the damage is done by the Labour group. Angel786, are you talking about the drug centre the council wanted to replace St James Street Library with? if so, your views are beyond fantasy. You've lost all credibility. Walthamster

7:14pm Wed 3 Mar 10

Mr Bernard says...

Newyear:

I know by now that you don't favour the Tories but surely you have to agree that a change of the radical nature is needed in Waltham Forest.
This borough needs a council that will get rid of expensive initiatives such as the spy cars and council propaganda sheets and stop wasting money on speed humps and charging residents for them all. We need a council who will not splash out on unneeded things such as CPZ schemes, hire expensive consultants, waste much needed funds on big TV screens and have some sort of vision for this area, want to change it for the better of us all.

Say what you want about the Tories but if they can advocate a cut in council tax by getting rid of many things that Waltham Forest residents never wanted in the first place then they deserve to be given a chance.

The local tories of today are not the tories of yesteryear....the same way we previously agreed that Labour of the 1970's are far from Brown and his cronies now.
Newyear: I know by now that you don't favour the Tories but surely you have to agree that a change of the radical nature is needed in Waltham Forest. This borough needs a council that will get rid of expensive initiatives such as the spy cars and council propaganda sheets and stop wasting money on speed humps and charging residents for them all. We need a council who will not splash out on unneeded things such as CPZ schemes, hire expensive consultants, waste much needed funds on big TV screens and have some sort of vision for this area, want to change it for the better of us all. Say what you want about the Tories but if they can advocate a cut in council tax by getting rid of many things that Waltham Forest residents never wanted in the first place then they deserve to be given a chance. The local tories of today are not the tories of yesteryear....the same way we previously agreed that Labour of the 1970's are far from Brown and his cronies now. Mr Bernard

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