Monday, 4 March 2013

It was interesting to see LibDem Leader of Northumberland County Council Jeff Reids remarks about the Northumbria Police precept increase of 6p per week. Likening Police Commissioner Vera Bairds decision to a magician "pulling a rabbit out of a hat"He said he "struggled to freeze Council Tax increases for his Council" and he was bitterly disappointed that he wasn't part of her decision making.

Labour Supports The Thin Blue Line

It was interesting to see LibDem Leader of Northumberland County Council Jeff Reids remarks about the Northumbria Police precept increase of 6p per week. Likening Police Commissioner Vera Bairds decision to a magician "pulling a rabbit out of a hat"He said he "struggled to freeze Council Tax increases for his Council" and he was bitterly disappointed that he wasn't part of her decision making.

Northumberland Labour Group members cannot believe how pompous Jeff Reids statement is. Labour Group Deputy Leader Val Tyler said: "Jeff Reids LibDems simply took the bribe from Eric Pickles of £1.3M per annum for two years to freeze Council Tax in Northumberland that actually reduces the formula income £15M by 2014". "The year on year accumulation of Jeff Reids decision and Eric Pickles Kamakaze Local Government management techniques may eventually lead to its downfall. He has a financial stranglehold on Councils and he can't see their about to expire."

The Coalition Government made a decision to remove Councillors from Police Authorities in order to cheapen the service and replace them with Police and Crime Commissioners.

Northumberland Labour Group Leader Grant Davey said " My colleagues and I in Labour Group are not unhappy at paying an additional 6p per week to ensure we have the right number of cops and PCSO's out on our streets at all times to safeguard the public. Were very supportive of Vera Bairds stance on this matter and the weaknesses of the Home Office cuts plans are already beginning to show as poverty begins to bite among working class families driving up anti social behaviour and family finance problems. These problems lead onwards towards an increase in crime as we saw throughout the Thatcher era.
 It is our belief that Vera has produced the stitch in time because things will rapidly change once the bedroom tax and universal benefit along with other dreadful welfare reform issues hit families from this April. I will also remind Jeff Reid that when in opposition in Blyth Valley Council he regularly criticised 0% Council Tax rises because it reduced the opportunity to grow."

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