Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Labour Council boss hides from budget scrutiny

Redcar Councillors were shocked this week when the Leader of the Council refused to attend a cross party scrutiny meeting to explain his budget.
The Scrutiny Board is the key way Labour Leader Cllr Dunning can be held accountable for his actions and can question him on his justifications the major changes he wants to make.
Leader of the Lib Dem group Councillor Glyn Nightingale said:
“Cllr Dunning's failure to face the Scrutiny Board is another in a long line of actions by Labour Council bosses which do little to encourage open debate and democracy.
“Councillors were unable ask him in person why he is refusing a Government grant to freeze Council Tax for another year and increasing Council Tax by 3.5%.
“In light of his refusal to attend I can’t help but ask what he is trying to hide from the people of Redcar & Cleveland."
Meanwhile, Lib Dem Councillors have put an online poll on the group's website about the council tax freeze. Please be click here to vote and encourage others to do the same.

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