BERWICK CONSERVATIVES WANT TO PAY OFF 175 STAFF TO FUND COUNCIL HOUSING.
Berwick Conservatives confusion on saving jobs and building homes, pledge made that simply doesn't add up following council budget.
Its often been said that Berwick Conservatives and their party members in the west and south of the County don't speak to each other, but its now noticeable that those Tories in office who attended last months budget meeting either didn't read the papers issued by Northumberland's Treasurer or didn't send a copy over to their mates in the North.
The power struggle between members of Northumberland Tory Group is quite famous in political circles, but missing out their Golden Girl, Anne Marie Trevelyan and allowing a gaff of the first order to be made in her name is a political tragedy.
Last week, Berwick Conservatives floated a new pledge on their web-site 'End the council tax discount on second homes and invest all of the money raised in tax on second homes in a new generation of council housing for local families. It is unfair that people with two homes get a tax break when so many people cannot afford their first home.' It seems a decent pledge, take the £4M from second home Council Tax Discounts and spend it building Council Houses, except those who don't talk to them forgot to tell Anne Marie that the budget which went through included the removal of the discount on second homes saving 175 jobs.
Northumberland Labour Group have worked up a plan to develop 1300 Affordable, Social and Intermediate homes over the next four years and have a program in place that doesn't rely on paying off staff or attacking their national terms and conditions. It will also kickstart Northumberland economy creating 500 Jobs in the construction sector, offer the opportunity for craft apprenticeships and safeguard 3000 jobs in the supply and retail sector.
Northumberland Labour Group Leader Grant Davey said "It doesn't surprise me that Northumberland's Tory Group don't share their information party wide, they are so busy fighting each other that they don't appear to have the energy needed to do anything but lose the next election."
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