Kathy Pollard, Lib Dem opposition leader on Suffolk County Council, was one of the signatories to a letter from her party’s group on the Local Government Association which appeared in The Times yesterday.
The letter shows all the signs of being written by a committee. It even commits to the Big Society when most of us thought it was in its death throws.
Sarah Bradford, from Lib Dem controlled Three Rivers council in Hertfordshire, gives the full text of the letter (The Times is behind a pay wall) in a blog post at Liberal Democrat Voice, says:
The letter is as interesting for what it doesn’t say as for what it does.
Work that out if you can.
Pollard on her own blog follows a reference to signing the letter with this:
However let’s not excuse some of the awful choices being made by Conservatives in Suffolk. For two years they have said they need to cut back on bureaucracy and streamline services. They are still TALKING about it. Once more we find that staff numbers at the council have actually gone UP not down in the last year.
The public are angry with them and rightly so, as they are just not listening to the people they represent. On the list for closure or termination are libraries, school crossing patrols, care homes, youth clubs, rural buses and the highly valued discount card for students, eXplore. There are other ways of making savings and we will demonstrate this next week.
“Next week”, I presume, means the full county council meeting which takes place on Thursday, February 17, at 2pm at Endeavour House, Ipswich. I am thinking of going along to see our representatives in action.