Thought it would be useful to let residents know the kind of official meetings we do each week. Some weeks we have less meetings other weeks more. I also try attend Parish council meetings for the three parish councils which cover the division as well as residents meetings. There are governors meetings for two schools in the area, which I attend as a Local Authority governor as well as meetings of the Lib Dem groups at City and County Hall and some sub-committees of these groups.
This week is particularly important as we will be putting forward our alternative proposals for the budget for the new unitary council. I find it hard to believe that the Labour Party feel it is sensible increase the council tax by as much as they are. The increase for residents over the year is quite staggering at such a difficult time. For residents in Easington, in a band D property this will be a rise of £57.06 – over £1 a week, in Durham City a rise of £47.92 for a band D property, Chester-le-Street £53.37…..
When you consider that all residents were expecting a reduction in council tax as a result of the reorganisation, this cannot be seen as anything other than excessive. It is completely unacceptable and we will be pressing this case at Friday’s budget setting meeting.
This coming week I am due to attend the following council meetings:
Tue – County – Corporate Parenting Panel – which includes scrutinising and monitoring outcomes for Looked after Children across County Durham.
Tue – County- Local Government Review Seminar – looking at various aspects of the creation of the new council.
Tue – City Council – Full Council meeting – with questions from members of the public and councillors and reports on the work of the council.
Wed – County – Overview of Housing in New Authority.
Wed – City Council – Full Scrutiny meeting – considering decisions of cabinet and finalising reports of scrutiny committees.
Thur – County – Special Overview & Scrutiny Committee – Scrutinising decisions of cabinet and new council.
Fri – Full County Council – To decide the budget for the next financial year.
Sat – County – Presentation on Domestic Abuse Awareness.