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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by Harald Behmer

7th February 2014, at 19:34:37

Let's be having it then and read all about the alternatives! With the weather being so miserable, we all need cheering up and a good laugh!

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by Keven Ball

7th February 2014, at 10:59:44

Baz, do you mean Keven - need I say more! :)

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by Baz Taylor

6th February 2014, at 22:35:59

And if you could string two words together Keavn, they might make sense: "you would make for eve better".

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by Keven Ball

5th February 2014, at 16:21:22

If only you could string two words together Baz you would make for eve better entertainment old son.

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by T Rollingsworth

5th February 2014, at 13:43:22

Probably preparing for the proverbial storm that is about to hit regarding council worker pay evaluation.

Also, as far as crossing guards go, what about the one at Ryde Private? I hope he is being paid for by the school!

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by roger mazillius

5th February 2014, at 10:27:53

Thanks Baz. The schools get about 97% of their budget direct from central government so IWC budget not really going to affect them directly.
You will recall funding for NHS and Education protected by coalition.
To amend a little of my last post - I think patrols would cost between £55-£70 pw and I think probably about 24 schools have them. Cost to IWC therefore in the region of £53k to £67k for say 40 weeks of schooling.
Add cost of uniform and training and admin adding probably another £10k so a not unsubstantial sum!

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by Baz Taylor

4th February 2014, at 23:54:50

I see K Ball is full of useful information in the second post in! (@16.11).
Words of wisdom there Kevain!

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by roger mazillius

4th February 2014, at 19:18:32

Surely if school crossing patrols are required at certain schools, it should be paid for by those schools, each of whom receive almost all of their generous funding direct from central government.
They would have a much more direct responsibility with the fullest possible local knowledge to ensure the patrols were at their most effective.
In any event, the weekly cost to individual schools would be around £70pw during terms times.
A small price for a school when it is not multiplied by several dozen other schools if the IWC was paying.

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by roger mazillius

4th February 2014, at 16:30:21

DW. We all know that but he is such a bad example for the Trade Union movement that his small actual voting support can be validly highlighted.
So what if there is a low turnout in local/and or national government
elections, he is still what he is!
PS You will be pleased to hear that in fact some Island Councillors, myself included have been elected with a majority of the entire registered electorate in their wards!

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by alan naylor

4th February 2014, at 16:24:41

To all mums and dads make a point of finding out who votes for this and make them personly responsabll

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