Budget was a pragmatic one

FURTHER to my letter of last week relating to the Salisbury City Council precept increase, I feel the edited version printed, did not convey my point accurately.

To reiterate, it is the 23 elected City Councillors who have a legal obligation to set the budget and precept, and to that end all councillors of all parties and persuasions are able to have an input to the process.

Regarding those opposed to a precept increase, the Liberal Democrat group wanted no increase at all but offered no suggestions at all as to how this should be achieved, while the Labour group also wanted a £15 increase at £5 per every year for the next three years but couldn't make their figures add up.

Had both these groups come up with a sensible and achievable budget that involved no precept increase, or even a reduction, they could easily have done so with a bit of thought and effort.

The reality, however, is that they either did not bother or their efforts failed to stand up to the most basic scrutiny. The budget passed was, I believe, pragmatic, and was voted through as such.

To those who disagree, that is their prerogative. However, if you wish to join the debate you have to bring something to the table. If you don't, you should not be surprised if you lose the argument.

Sven Hocking, Salisbury City Councillor St Martin's and Cathedral

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2:27am Fri 7 Feb 14

IanMcL says...

How about a cost reducing efficiency drive?
How about a cost reducing efficiency drive? IanMcL

6:20am Fri 7 Feb 14

karlmarx says...

IanMcL wrote:
How about a cost reducing efficiency drive?
Good idea, how about starting with expenses?
[quote][p][bold]IanMcL[/bold] wrote: How about a cost reducing efficiency drive?[/p][/quote]Good idea, how about starting with expenses? karlmarx

2:07pm Fri 7 Feb 14

Sustainer says...

An interesting letter and Ian and Karl should be better informed. The minutes of the Full Council meeting, which are in the public domain so they should know, show that an efficiency saving across SCC was introduced as an amendment by the Conservative Group and opposed by the other two major groups. As an aside: I attended this particular meeting (did they?) and was saddened at the total lack of preparation by nearly half the Councilors. They let themselves and their residents down.
City Councillors do not get expenses!
An interesting letter and Ian and Karl should be better informed. The minutes of the Full Council meeting, which are in the public domain so they should know, show that an efficiency saving across SCC was introduced as an amendment by the Conservative Group and opposed by the other two major groups. As an aside: I attended this particular meeting (did they?) and was saddened at the total lack of preparation by nearly half the Councilors. They let themselves and their residents down. City Councillors do not get expenses! Sustainer

4:50pm Sat 8 Feb 14

gingin says...

Sustainer wrote:
An interesting letter and Ian and Karl should be better informed. The minutes of the Full Council meeting, which are in the public domain so they should know, show that an efficiency saving across SCC was introduced as an amendment by the Conservative Group and opposed by the other two major groups. As an aside: I attended this particular meeting (did they?) and was saddened at the total lack of preparation by nearly half the Councilors. They let themselves and their residents down.
City Councillors do not get expenses!
I believe they do get an allowance but I am sure someone will correct me if I am wrong.

All councils have to be more efficient, it's how they do it which matters!
[quote][p][bold]Sustainer[/bold] wrote: An interesting letter and Ian and Karl should be better informed. The minutes of the Full Council meeting, which are in the public domain so they should know, show that an efficiency saving across SCC was introduced as an amendment by the Conservative Group and opposed by the other two major groups. As an aside: I attended this particular meeting (did they?) and was saddened at the total lack of preparation by nearly half the Councilors. They let themselves and their residents down. City Councillors do not get expenses![/p][/quote]I believe they do get an allowance but I am sure someone will correct me if I am wrong. All councils have to be more efficient, it's how they do it which matters! gingin

9:25pm Wed 12 Feb 14

brasstacks says...

Perhaps Wilts Council would like to Publish a List of what Government Funding they actually got for each year that the "Cons-Cab' have been in ?...

This WILL show what they got and if they turn around and also Publish exactly WHAT they spent the dosh on, then we might see exactly why they DO not spend dosh on what we need ??....
Perhaps Wilts Council would like to Publish a List of what Government Funding they actually got for each year that the "Cons-Cab' have been in ?... This WILL show what they got and if they turn around and also Publish exactly WHAT they spent the dosh on, then we might see exactly why they DO not spend dosh on what we need ??.... brasstacks

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