Huge hole in Council finances!!
Chief Executive says they will recoup this amount from the reserves that have been built up through "prudent management" of our finances in previous years!
They'd better not come knocking at my door next year appealing for my support for a rise in Council Tax, for heaven's sake we elect these Councillors to keep a check on the way that officers spend the budget, if they can't manage to do that they should not expect to be re-elected. Unfortunately, a huge amount of Labour voters in this town get their income from benefits, and therefore do not pay Council Tax, so don't feel the effects of any rises! It drives me mad that the minority of people who are contributing to Council tax are continually footing the bill for the mismanagement of this Borough.
I think that all of our Councillors should at least make a gesture of declining the proposed increase in their allowances next year,as a sign of their failure to control this massive overspend They should also decide, as a matter of policy that there should be no rise in the level of Council Tax next year, and apply the same stringent budgetry controls that Gordon Brown has done as Chancellor for the last eight years!!