LIB DEM BUDGET AMENDS PLACE FOCUS ON PUBLIC PROTECTION


At the upcoming Budget meeting the Liberal Democrats will be bringing forward a series of amendments focusing on keeping people safe, while also helping residents struggling with the cost of living and measures to help tackle the climate emergency.

The Conservatives’ Council budget will be debated by County Councillors at Full Council on 16 February, with the Liberal Democrat group proposing a series of amendments that will help to keep our residents safe over the coming year. 

Our proposals include:

  • Pushing for a £450,000 fund to get shovel ready 20mph schemes off the ground this year, countering Conservative attempts to kick the can down the road by refusing to fund any such projects in 22/23.
  • Road safety schemes are consistently being held up by legal red tape. We are proposing a £100,000 fund to tackle the backlog in Traffic Regulation Orders, focusing on safer crossings
  • The Trading Standards team work hard to protect all residents from fraudulent activities, but the service has ravaged by destructive funding cuts of over 50% since 2010, undermining all of our safety. We’re proposing a £40,000 uplift to their funding for another member of staff. 
  • 12 areas in our county are amongst the most deprived 10 per cent of neighbourhoods in the country. Following our motion last year, the County Council will soon play host to a Levelling Up Conference.  We’re now pushing for a £120,000 reserve to fund outcomes to help our communities recover. 

In addition, we are proposing

  • To scrap the Tory attempt to hike the cost of parking permits for residents, at a cost of £33,000
  • With the Council’s EV strategy leaving rural communities behind, we’re pushing for a near £90,000 fund to supplement EV charging schemes proposed by Parish and Town councils for their rural communities.

Paul Hodgkinson, Group Leader and Councillor for Bourton-on-the-Water and Northleach, said:

“While we would have done things very differently if we had been in charge of the purse strings, these fully funded amendments will undoubtedly improve the County Council budget.  Our proposals will see measures targeted at keeping our residents safe, cancelling price hikes which would hurt residents struggling through a cost-of-living crisis and help people make the shift to low emission vehicles.

“They give everyone a flavour of what the Liberal Democrats care most about – building a greener, fairer and more caring county for all residents.”

Colin Hay, Group Finance Spokesperson and Councillor for All Saints and Oakley, also said:

“Our exciting proposals are fully funded from cancelling unnecessary Conservative vanity projects and additional council tax and business rate returns.

“These issues affect all residents in across Gloucestershire and I am therefore confident colleagues from every party will support all our proposed amendments.”

 

For more, watch Paul present out amendments at https://www.youtube.com/shorts/EjYFxETO-zI 


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