Tories plan alternative budget

By a County Press reporter

Monday, February 3, 2014

 

THE Independent-controlled Isle of Wight Council should cut trade union representatives’ pay, not school crossing patrols, according to Conservatives, who have questioned the ruling group's budget proposals.

As reported on Friday, the Independents' budget proposals include foot passenger charges for the Cowes floating bridge, increased leisure fees and merging the fire service with a mainland counterpart.

The Conservative group said today (Monday) it was preparing alternative proposals to be considered at the council's budget meeting on February 26.

Group leader Cllr Dave Stewart said: "We hadn’t intended to publish a full alternative budget and still don’t, but having considered the Independents’ proposals we have to question some of their priorities.

"For example, it simply doesn’t seem right for taxpayers to have to fund the salary, pension and other costs of trade union representatives whilst at the same time the Independents are cutting all funding for school crossing patrols from the summer of this year.

"Our amendments to the budget proposals will be published as soon as we’ve done a rigorous financial analysis, but we’re determined the Island’s children won’t be put at risk by a complete end to council provision of the school crossing patrols."

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