Lancashire County Council staff in budget protest

Chorley Citizen: Lancashire County Council in Preston Lancashire County Council in Preston

MORE than 200 Lancashire County Council staff protested outside County Hall yesterday as councillors approved a tax increase of just under two per cent for thousands of households.

Members of public sector union Unison demanded their elected bosses have a rethink on £300 million of cuts.

The union’s North West regional organiser Pat Grant said: “We had more than 200 demonstrators there, including members from Nelson, Accrington and Chorley.

“They were protesting not just about job losses but service cuts to vulnerable people.

“Without staff, services cannot be delivered to vulnerable people and families. Our members want to keep these vital services and met many councillors to ask them to think again. Responsibility for these service and job cuts lies fairly with central government.”

She promised Unison’s ‘Keep Lancashire Working’ campaign would come to the East of the county ion the coming weeks.

County deputy leader and finance boss David Borrow said: “We face a colossal financial challenge and have no option but to radically reshape what the council looks like and how it delivers services.

“This isn't what I came into politics for, but we have to act now and take tough decisions to avoid being in a worse position later.

“We are working very hard with our staff to ensure that we can continue to provide vital services for the people of Lancashire, particularly the most vulnerable.”

The council tax rise of 1.9 per cent was approved, despite a Tory bid to stop it.

It will increase its portion of household rates in Burnley, Hyndburn, Ribble Valley, Pendle, Chorley and Rossendale and add 41.5p a week to bills.

Geoff Driver, county Tory leader, said the budget was ‘irresponsible’.

The Lancashire police levy was yesterday confirmed as just under two per cent. The fire service precept has been frozen.

While Burnley is proposing to increase its council tax by 1.99 per cent, the other boroughs are set to freeze household rates, although Pendle’s final decision last night was under negotiation.

Blackburn with Darwen Council, independent of the county council, is also expected to freeze its bills next week.

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5:52pm Fri 21 Feb 14

workaholic says...

Quote from previous article :-
'David McElhinney, also boss of Liverpool Direct, had been paid more than £600,000 for two years’ work when the county treasurer believed he was getting just £40,000 annually for two-and-a-half days a week'

See how soft we are in this green and pleasant land - In some other countries there would have been riots had these situations come to light!
And the County Council staff have the audacity to protest about cuts !!!!
Quote from previous article :- 'David McElhinney, also boss of Liverpool Direct, had been paid more than £600,000 for two years’ work when the county treasurer believed he was getting just £40,000 annually for two-and-a-half days a week' See how soft we are in this green and pleasant land - In some other countries there would have been riots had these situations come to light! And the County Council staff have the audacity to protest about cuts !!!! workaholic

9:18pm Fri 21 Feb 14

glossopkid says...

workaholic wrote:
Quote from previous article :-
'David McElhinney, also boss of Liverpool Direct, had been paid more than £600,000 for two years’ work when the county treasurer believed he was getting just £40,000 annually for two-and-a-half days a week'

See how soft we are in this green and pleasant land - In some other countries there would have been riots had these situations come to light!
And the County Council staff have the audacity to protest about cuts !!!!
you R SPOT ON MATE!

County council staff especially at the top should have have their salaries slashed , and that money should be made available for the vulnerable service which are needed in the county.
LCC you are a DISGRACE AND YOU SHOULD HOLD HEAD IN SHAME!!!
[quote][p][bold]workaholic[/bold] wrote: Quote from previous article :- 'David McElhinney, also boss of Liverpool Direct, had been paid more than £600,000 for two years’ work when the county treasurer believed he was getting just £40,000 annually for two-and-a-half days a week' See how soft we are in this green and pleasant land - In some other countries there would have been riots had these situations come to light! And the County Council staff have the audacity to protest about cuts !!!![/p][/quote]you R SPOT ON MATE! County council staff especially at the top should have have their salaries slashed , and that money should be made available for the vulnerable service which are needed in the county. LCC you are a DISGRACE AND YOU SHOULD HOLD HEAD IN SHAME!!! glossopkid

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