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Council urged to ‘get the basics right’
8:21am Tuesday 1st October 2013 in News
CITY leaders are to be challenged to focus on “getting basic services right” following criticism through a residents’ poll.
A motion tabled by City of York Council’s Liberal Democrat group which will be debated at next week’s full meeting of the authority will call for more funding for “street-level services” following budget cuts, and a rethink over spending reductions on litter and salt bins, road maintenance and street-cleaning.
The Labour-run council’s Big York Survey revealed public satisfaction in its performance has fallen, and Coun Nigel Ayre, Lib Dem spokesman for finance, performance and customer services, said: “Residents have sent a clear message that their priorities are having clean streets, pothole-free roads and bins collected on time, and it is time for the council to get back to the basics of delivering frontline services to taxpayers.
“Our motion calls for a move from vanity projects to quality public services focused on residents. The Labour cabinet is there to administer the public purse, not to promote itself.”
The motion will say a new £500,000 “transformation team”, paid for through the council’s Venture and Delivery and Innovation Funds, should be scrapped and the money spent on frontline services instead.
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