Delegation to make case for more money

By Emily Pearce

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

 

UPDATED 13:02*

A GROUP of Isle of Wight councillors and MP Andrew Turner will visit Westminster today (Wednesday) to ask for more money, in a bid to tackle one of the worst budget crises the authority has ever faced.

A cross-party delegation including council leader Cllr Ian Stephens, group leaders Cllrs Dave Stewart, Reg Barry, Geoff Lumley and Daryll Pitcher, council managing director Dave Burbage and head of economy and tourism John Metcalfe, will meet with local government minister Brandon Lewis to make the Isle of Wight's case for increased funding.

As previously reported, a raft of public services look set to be farmed out to parish councils and community groups, scaled back or scrapped, as the council looks to save £28m over the next three years.

Hundreds of local authority jobs are also expected to be lost.

The delegation will press for additional funding in light of the 2014/15 local government settlement — the main grant awarded to the council by central government — announced last month.

As reported, the grant amounts to £65.1m next year, reduced from £71.7m. It will be reduced to £55.8m the following year.

The delegation follows calls from Unison branch secretary Mark Chiverton for the council and MP to highlight the Island's reliance on public services and the need for additional funding compared to other parts of the south east.

*In a statement issued this morning (Wednesday) Mr Turner said:  "It is not as easy as simply saying 'we need more money’ – the Council must put forward properly reasoned arguments, supported by facts, to have any chance of success.  

"In the past we have had success with a similar cross-party approach; when the Government wanted to remove the Area Cost Adjustment (ACA) funding.  Cllr. Shirley Smart was Council Leader then, and the cross-party group successfully argued that we should retain the ACA which has been worth millions of pounds to the Island over the years."

Cllr Stephens said: "It has been well documented recently that we face significant financial challenges over the next three years.

"We do feel the Isle of Wight Council has a very good case and we look forward to discussing this directly with the minister.

"This is a cross-party delegation supported by senior officers and the MP, and it is important we work together to try to do the absolute best we can for the Isle of Wight."

Reporter: emilyp@iwcpmail.co.uk

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by roger mazillius

18th January 2014, at 16:39:52

We've all done it Mark!

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by Mark Dunsford

18th January 2014, at 16:21:55

don/mike you're right it should be 9 left.

(I blame a combination of late night, bad typing and autocorrect)

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by roger mazillius

16th January 2014, at 19:49:32

Astonishing that several humerous posts have been deleted from this thread. The question is however, was this an over-sensitive CP staffer or an over-sensitive politician?
For goodness sake folks, lighten up!

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by David Blackford

16th January 2014, at 13:24:58

Government policy -
Those who ask don't get
Those who don't ask don't want

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by Don Prescott

16th January 2014, at 13:13:43

Edward,
a) are you sure that you are on the correct forum?
and
b) does your dad know that you've skipped school?

Lee and I are both thrilled to have been of service and if we can help with your further education, don't hesitate to post again.

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by Mike Crowe

16th January 2014, at 09:34:51

? 9 left ?

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by Don Prescott

16th January 2014, at 08:53:00

Mark,
I do not understand this;"When you have 10 of something a 10% reduction means you have none left. "
I suspect that you typed an "o" instead of an "i" and before one of the usual suspects start name calling - I am not trying to be clever

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by roger mazillius

15th January 2014, at 20:36:58

Mike, the Miliball cameras are however hovering hoping to catch such an image! Wonderful how they still believe in fairy stories, isn't it?

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by roger mazillius

15th January 2014, at 20:33:49

Mark, good point re the larger authorities. I was only using, eg Bristol to make the point about the "across the board" cuts. When I was a Member, believe me, we were well aware of the problems caused by us being one of the smaller unitaries in the UK. Regarding the medicine being worst than the cure, in my opinion, it has to be taken and will not kill the patient although I sincerely respect the view of those who disagree with the strength of the medicine.
Simon, you may still be in denial about the economic record of the 13 years of Bliar, Broon, Balls and yes Millipede himself, but please do not insult the intelligence of most of those following this website (after all it is not the abusive, untruthful and anonymous rubbish posted elsewhere) by just pretending that the record of your political friends is "blameless"!

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by Simon Haytack

15th January 2014, at 19:44:04

Roger, your comments pretty much sum up everything that was wrong with the previous council. Exclusion and continuously looking for somewhere else to lay blame. Thank goodness they got kicked out!

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