Wirral votes against referendum on council tax cash

Wirral Globe: Wallasey Town Hall Wallasey Town Hall

WIRRAL councillors voted against asking the public's opinion on accepting Government cash to freeze council tax.

Tory leader Cllr Jeff Green put forward a notice of motion at Monday's full council meeting to hold a referendum over the issue of taking the money.

Although the ruling Labour administration have not yet confirmed the local authority's position on the £1.3m grant, Cllr Green believes a refusal would be a "slap in the face" to residents.

The money would allow Wirral Council to freeze council tax for two years but Labour believe it is merely a “short-term fix” and decided against the referendum.

Councillor Green said: "I cannot think of a better way of protecting those people that Labour have been speaking about than actually freezing council tax and therefore maintaining the amount of money in people's pockets.

"The Government has given that cash and it would be outrageous to send it back.

"I do hope that the Labour come to their senses and use this grant but if they don't, we believe the public should have the opportunity to vote in a referendum."

However Lib Dem Pensby and Thingwall Cllr Mark Johnston branded a possible referendum as a "PR stunt" which would cost too much money.

Labour leader Cllr Phil Davies the handout would not benefit the council in the long run and would lead to more cuts later on.

An amendment was agreed by Labour and Lib Dem councillors as it was resolved that no decision has been made yet and will be dealt with when the administration publishes its budget proposals.

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11:29am Tue 12 Feb 13

WirralAl says...

Why not just take the money and split it between senior officers and Councillors like you have been doing for years.

The £1.3 million grant will pay a couple of pension bungs for senior officers!

And don't worry. The council have been **** slapping us council tax payers for years!!!
Why not just take the money and split it between senior officers and Councillors like you have been doing for years. The £1.3 million grant will pay a couple of pension bungs for senior officers! And don't worry. The council have been **** slapping us council tax payers for years!!! WirralAl

11:48am Tue 12 Feb 13

PaulCa says...

Local democracy in action....
Local democracy in action.... PaulCa

12:13pm Tue 12 Feb 13

Hugo1008 says...

Its hardly surprising that the ruling Labour Cabinet do not want any kind of public participation.

This particular bunch do not want any member of the public to make any comments, as they know they will be less than complimentary, considering the disgraceful shambles they have put the council into with over 10 years of abysmal management.

And to think they also want to put the miserable clown at the centre of the deep disgrace and scandal into a position of title and supposed respect, what a scandalous suggestion, and guess what they will not let the public have a say on that either.

As for the so called Conservative Opposition, they will just roll over and continue to scoop up their expenses and pretend they cannot do anything about it, and the Lib/Dems carry on licking up the dregs from the trough of plenty, as usual.
Its hardly surprising that the ruling Labour Cabinet do not want any kind of public participation. This particular bunch do not want any member of the public to make any comments, as they know they will be less than complimentary, considering the disgraceful shambles they have put the council into with over 10 years of abysmal management. And to think they also want to put the miserable clown at the centre of the deep disgrace and scandal into a position of title and supposed respect, what a scandalous suggestion, and guess what they will not let the public have a say on that either. As for the so called Conservative Opposition, they will just roll over and continue to scoop up their expenses and pretend they cannot do anything about it, and the Lib/Dems carry on licking up the dregs from the trough of plenty, as usual. Hugo1008

12:23pm Tue 12 Feb 13

Hugo1008 says...

And before any prat says what can the Conservative and Lib/Dems do.

The very simple answer is Resign En-Bloc with a strong letter to the Prime Minister, that will blow this whole can of worms out into the open, bring in the inspectors and clean up clear out all the scum and debris, from the Council Officers and Elected Councilors in one go.

Then we can start with a clean sheet and introduce proper Clean, Open, Honest, Fair, Democracy that has been missing in WBC for over 20 years and gone even worse over the past 10.
And before any prat says what can the Conservative and Lib/Dems do. The very simple answer is Resign En-Bloc with a strong letter to the Prime Minister, that will blow this whole can of worms out into the open, bring in the inspectors and clean up clear out all the scum and debris, from the Council Officers and Elected Councilors in one go. Then we can start with a clean sheet and introduce proper Clean, Open, Honest, Fair, Democracy that has been missing in WBC for over 20 years and gone even worse over the past 10. Hugo1008

1:41pm Tue 12 Feb 13

edward nigma says...

whether we like it or not, Labour have been elected by those residents who bothered to vote. That is democracy. Remember the last act of Jeff Green when in power was to waste 3 million pounds on a PR stunt to cut council tax. Knowing the savings that had to be made over the coming years due to his parties cut in funding, he is hardly in a position to criticise anybody
whether we like it or not, Labour have been elected by those residents who bothered to vote. That is democracy. Remember the last act of Jeff Green when in power was to waste 3 million pounds on a PR stunt to cut council tax. Knowing the savings that had to be made over the coming years due to his parties cut in funding, he is hardly in a position to criticise anybody edward nigma

3:05pm Tue 12 Feb 13

Positive thinker says...

Wirral all wouldn't be moaning if he was getting a cut
Wirral all wouldn't be moaning if he was getting a cut Positive thinker

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