Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Councillor Jackson’s position in Feb 2014 BUDGET DEBATE

LABOUR SET THE RECORD STRAIGHT ON MANAGEMENT ‘EFFICIENCIES’
Tory leader Peter Jackson challenged to make his mind up – does he back the efficiency plan or not?

Conservative group leader Peter Jackson and the Conservative parliamentary hopeful Anne-Marie Trevelyan were today challenged to ‘back the Labour plan to save money on top tier managers’ or tell the public how they would find £2.5m of expected savings up to 2017.
Both Conservatives had earlier launched an attack on the efficiency policy earlier in the week despite Councillor Jackson speaking in support of the plan in February and Labour are pointing to the ‘confusion’ that now surrounds the Conservative approach to so called ‘fat cat pay’. Labour have pointed to their plan which has seen the number of Executive Directors reduced from 7 under the previous Lib Dem administration to 3 and the ongoing review of the next tier of senior managers. Labour are also setting out the savings each change to top tier management will contribute to making the savings required after the coalition government’s cut of £130m from the council’s budget over the next four years.
The savings will amount to £1.62m with fewer executive directors and £900,000 in savings for the next tier of management and this will save the tax payer £2.5m in the run up to 2017.
A Labour group spokesperson said
‘It’s clear that Councillor Jackson is leading his group and Ms Trevelyan into a dead end on the issue of so called ‘fat cat pay’. Our plans haven’t deviated from the ones Councillor Jackson supported last month. He’s now got to answer the question why he’s changed his mind before the ink on the minutes of the last meeting were dry and how he will find more than £2.5m savings from the management budget in the run up to 2017? He’s fast losing credibility in his rush to get a headline.’
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Councillor Jackson’s position in Feb 2014 BUDGET DEBATE
Councillor Jackson……did support efficiencies in running the organisation, free parking and the Council house building programme. (Item 72 Minutes of Meeting 18 Feb 2014) YET HE VOTED AGAINST THEM





NORTHUMBERLAND LABOUR BUDGET 2014-17

THESE CONSERVATIVE AND LIB DEM COUNCILLORS VOTED AGAINST THE LABOUR PLAN TO SAVE £2.5M ON THE MANAGEMENT STRUCTURE, BUILD 2000 AFFORDABLE HOMES AND £600,000 POT HOLE CASH TO CLEAR THE POTHOLE BACKLOG BY JUNE:

25 voted as follows:-

E. Armstrong Voted against £2.5M management savings, pot hole pledge money and 2000 new affordable homes
V. Jones Voted against £2.5M management savings, pot hole pledge money and 2000 new affordable homes
H. Cairns Voted against £2.5M management savings, pot hole pledge money and 2000 new affordable homes
A.H. Murray Voted against £2.5M management savings, pot hole pledge money and 2000 new affordable homes
G. Castle Voted against £2.5M management savings, pot hole pledge money and 2000 new affordable homes
J Reid Voted against £2.5M management savings, pot hole pledge money and 2000 new affordable homes
C. Cessford Voted against £2.5M management savings, pot hole pledge money and 2000 new affordable homes
J.R. Riddle Voted against £2.5M management savings, pot hole pledge money and 2000 new affordable homes
W. Daley Voted against £2.5M management savings, pot hole pledge money and 2000 new affordable homes
T. Robson Voted against £2.5M management savings, pot hole pledge money and 2000 new affordable homes
J.B. Fearon Voted against £2.5M management savings, pot hole pledge money and 2000 new affordable homes
H.G.H. Sanderson Voted against £2.5M management savings, pot hole pledge money and 2000 new affordable homes
B. Flux Voted against £2.5M management savings, pot hole pledge money and 2000 new affordable homes
A. Sharp Voted against £2.5M management savings, pot hole pledge money and 2000 new affordable homes
R. Gibson Voted against £2.5M management savings, pot hole pledge money and 2000 new affordable homes
J.E. Smith Voted against £2.5M management savings, pot hole pledge money and 2000 new affordable homes
C. Homer Voted against £2.5M management savings, pot hole pledge money and 2000 new affordable homes
A. Tebbutt Voted against £2.5M management savings, pot hole pledge money and 2000 new affordable homes
C.W. Horncastle Voted against £2.5M management savings, pot hole pledge money and 2000 new affordable homes
T.N. Thorne Voted against £2.5M management savings, pot hole pledge money and 2000 new affordable homes
E.I. Hunter Voted against £2.5M management savings, pot hole pledge money and 2000 new affordable homes
R.J.D. Watkin Voted against £2.5M management savings, pot hole pledge money and 2000 new affordable homes
J.I. Hutchinson Voted against £2.5M management savings, pot hole pledge money and 2000 new affordable homes
J.G. Watson Voted against £2.5M management savings, pot hole pledge money and 2000 new affordable homes
P.A. Jackson Voted against £2.5M management savings, pot hole pledge money and 2000 new affordable homes but said he supported them???


Notes
• The Council has not changed its Management Structure which remains three Executive Directors replacing the previous seven Corporate Directors at a saving of circa £540k per annum.
• In addition the Council are currently reviewing the next tier of management which encompasses Head of Service roles.
• This restructure will save an additional circa £300k per annum net of the two new posts mentioned.
• These posts reflect priority areas of the Council namely Economic Growth and working with the new Combined Authority and responding to the challenges within Education outlined within recent Ofsted reports.
• There will be further savings within management costs as new structures are implemented and these reflect the administration’s commitment to protect front line services as far as possible given the significant cuts imposed by Government.