Can Wirral afford a Labour Council?
Twenty odd years of Labour leadership of Wirral Council has produced a record of failure and brought Wirral Council to its knees. It has been too expensive, secretive, unwilling to learn or act on reported criticisms, it has even tried to cover up its failure to protect the most vulnerable Wirral residents or accept accountability for their glaring failures.
We believe enough is enough – if we are to mend this broken Council then we must work every day to regain your respect and trust.
We have made a start by making it clear that to Council Officers & the Labour Party that it is you we serve and your money the Council spends and have cut your Wirral Council Tax by three percent. We have also offered the 70’s a bigger discount I am delighted to report that so far around 2,000 Wirral residents have registered for it.
We are also tackling the outrage of using Council Tax we take from you to foot the bill for eight, yes eight, full time Trades Union Officials.
We are investing some of the money you give us to tackle the abuse of adults in Council care – in spite of Labour’s efforts to deny it ever happened. We’re putting extra money into keeping children safe, investing to improve your local environment, tackling the scourge of dog fouling, improving pavements & pot holes and we are also supporting local businesses to take on more of our unemployed young people into apprenticeships in the new and growing environmental industries.
Despite opposition at the time, our ‘free after three’ in Council car parks idea has been very successful and we are continuing it again this year and supplementing it with support for local ‘Town Teams’ who will help restore our local shopping areas.
And I make no apologies for it but I will go to the very end of the earth if necessary to bring the private investment into Wirral that will provide the new jobs we need for our children’s future.
We all know that living within our means often means hard choices have to be made and we have made ours. Under Ed Miliband Labour agree with spending cuts but won’t say where. They’re even opposing the cap on how much anyone can receive in benefits.
So we are standing on our record of what we have achieved in such little time and our ambition for what Wirral Council can become, compared to what Labour have failed to achieve in 20 odd years of miss rule.
You wouldn’t ask Fred Goodwin back to run the banks, so why would you ask Labour back to run the Borough?