"Too often today, people are ready to tell us, 'this is not possible; that is not possible'. I say, whatever the true interest of our country calls for, is always possible!"
- Enoch Powell.
Tuesday, 26 October 2010
Budgets are to be slashed by almost £60 million by Shropshire Council
Budgets are to be slashed by almost £60 million by Shropshire Council over the next three years, it was announced today.
Shirehall chiefs said it would lead to a radical change in the way services would be delivered with a strong possibility some could be offloaded to the voluntary and community sectors, as well as businesses.
Bosses say job losses are inevitable as the council grapples with a severe squeeze on spending from Government, coupled with a freeze on council tax rises.
But with a recruitment freeze in place, they said that they hoped to manage losses through “natural wastage” rather than redundancies.
The unprecedented scale of the financial challenges facing the authority will be highlighted in three reports to its cabinet next week.
At the same time an investigation into a Shropshire councillor accused of being racist has cost the taxpayer more than £4,000, it was revealed today.
The inquiry into Councillor Pat Smart, chairman of Hadley and Leegomery Parish Council in Telford, has seen more than £3,000 paid to a lawyer who was drafted in from London, with the rest being spent on the authority’s own in-house lawyer’s time.
Councillor Pat Smart
Telford & Wrekin Council today defended the move and said the authority had to apply the national Code of Conduct for elected members.
Councillor Smart was accused of making racist remarks to a parishioner last March and was investigated by police and the Standards Committee at Telford & Wrekin Council. She was later cleared of all allegations.