York's civic leaders reject ‘no budget’ protest

York Press: Council leader James Alexander said not setting a budget would be irresponsible Council leader James Alexander said not setting a budget would be irresponsible

CITY leaders last night faced calls to refuse to set a budget including millions of pounds in cuts as a protest against Government austerity measures.

York People’s Assembly asked City of York Council’s Labour cabinet to “take a stand” and abandon its financial plans for 2014/15 and 2015/16, when the authority must make more than £23 million in savings.

However, the budget proposals – including a 1.9 per cent council tax rise next year and 240 job losses over two years – were approved and will now be debated at a full council meeting on February 27.

The plans would also see arts funding cut and the possible end of free badges providing cheap parking for residents, but more money being provided for adult social care and improvements to roads and footpaths.

People’s Assembly spokesman Dr Chris Brace said approving more service reductions would be doing the Government’s “dirty work”. He said: “What we are calling for is a great refusal – by refusing to pass an austerity budget, you will be taking a stand against useless and unnecessary cuts.”

Council leader James Alexander said he sympathised with the People’s Assembly’s view but not passing a budget would take matters out of York’s hands. He said: “People didn’t elect us to hand over control to the Government – doing that would be irresponsible and would mean many of the good things we are doing would be gone.

“There is difficult stuff in the budget and there is positive stuff. We have to set a responsible budget which protects the most vulnerable members of society and gets people back into work. I would like to see services such as salt bins come back, but we are not in that situation at the moment.”

The cabinet also approved a “transformation” programme aimed at saving a further £5.48 million on public service budgets in 2015/16. Unions fear this could lead to more outsourcing and additional job losses.

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11:07am Wed 12 Feb 14

courier46 says...

Is this because they don't know how to budget?
Is this because they don't know how to budget? courier46

11:24am Wed 12 Feb 14

Heslington says...

A typical bit of spin. Set no nasty budget but oh no, we have to because we are forced to and so not our fault. Please vote Labour.
A typical bit of spin. Set no nasty budget but oh no, we have to because we are forced to and so not our fault. Please vote Labour. Heslington

11:26am Wed 12 Feb 14

tonyfromitaly says...

"Many of the good things we are doing would be gone" and you lot with it I hope.
"Many of the good things we are doing would be gone" and you lot with it I hope. tonyfromitaly

11:42am Wed 12 Feb 14

NoNewsIsGoodNews says...

People didn’t elect us to hand over control to the Government – doing that would be irresponsible and would mean many of the good things we are doing would be gone.

Such as?
[quote]People didn’t elect us to hand over control to the Government – doing that would be irresponsible and would mean many of the good things we are doing would be gone. [/quote] Such as? NoNewsIsGoodNews

11:57am Wed 12 Feb 14

Can't all be wrong says...

This must be the only time Alexander has actually projected any degree of transparency. Unfortunately, the transparency on this occasion simply highlights the blatant political posturing. I'm afraid it's a bit late in the day to put yourself forward as a strong and thoughtful leader.
This must be the only time Alexander has actually projected any degree of transparency. Unfortunately, the transparency on this occasion simply highlights the blatant political posturing. I'm afraid it's a bit late in the day to put yourself forward as a strong and thoughtful leader. Can't all be wrong

12:45pm Wed 12 Feb 14

YOYOwhy? says...

On a more positive note, his weight loss challenge appears to be going well.
On a more positive note, his weight loss challenge appears to be going well. YOYOwhy?

1:17pm Wed 12 Feb 14

eeoodares says...

Vote them out 2015, make sure you are registered and that everyone you know votes.

Send a message that these people do not own our City, they are put their by us to represent it!
Vote them out 2015, make sure you are registered and that everyone you know votes. Send a message that these people do not own our City, they are put their by us to represent it! eeoodares

1:41pm Wed 12 Feb 14

Heslington says...

YOYOwhy? wrote:
On a more positive note, his weight loss challenge appears to be going well.
Maybe that's the real reason for him looking so miserable - lack of cakes.
[quote][p][bold]YOYOwhy?[/bold] wrote: On a more positive note, his weight loss challenge appears to be going well.[/p][/quote]Maybe that's the real reason for him looking so miserable - lack of cakes. Heslington

2:03pm Wed 12 Feb 14

asd says...

Unfortunately because of him, he is mirroring this Nasty anti people, lets give our rich mates an increase to income tax brigade coalition Government. He needed to Listen to people and act, not act then listen. Politicians are self centered arrogant gits
Unfortunately because of him, he is mirroring this Nasty anti people, lets give our rich mates an increase to income tax brigade coalition Government. He needed to Listen to people and act, not act then listen. Politicians are self centered arrogant gits asd

2:39pm Wed 12 Feb 14

NoNewsIsGoodNews says...

eeoodares wrote:
Vote them out 2015, make sure you are registered and that everyone you know votes.

Send a message that these people do not own our City, they are put their by us to represent it!
But you can't just vote them out, you have to vote somebody else in, and that is where the problem lies.
The best course of action is to not register vote, or if you are just don't bother showing up. It only encourages them.
Look back through the Press archives from when the Lib Dums were in office, the comments were exactly the same as they are now. In 2015 it will be the same again. It's just a vicious circle that needs breaking to make it right.

Viva La Revolution.
[quote][p][bold]eeoodares[/bold] wrote: Vote them out 2015, make sure you are registered and that everyone you know votes. Send a message that these people do not own our City, they are put their by us to represent it![/p][/quote]But you can't just vote them out, you have to vote somebody else in, and that is where the problem lies. The best course of action is to not register vote, or if you are just don't bother showing up. It only encourages them. Look back through the Press archives from when the Lib Dums were in office, the comments were exactly the same as they are now. In 2015 it will be the same again. It's just a vicious circle that needs breaking to make it right. Viva La Revolution. NoNewsIsGoodNews

4:19pm Wed 12 Feb 14

oldgoat says...

NoNewsIsGoodNews wrote:
eeoodares wrote:
Vote them out 2015, make sure you are registered and that everyone you know votes.

Send a message that these people do not own our City, they are put their by us to represent it!
But you can't just vote them out, you have to vote somebody else in, and that is where the problem lies.
The best course of action is to not register vote, or if you are just don't bother showing up. It only encourages them.
Look back through the Press archives from when the Lib Dums were in office, the comments were exactly the same as they are now. In 2015 it will be the same again. It's just a vicious circle that needs breaking to make it right.

Viva La Revolution.
Not registering to vote is not a good move. Spoiling your ballot paper is a much better idea! The Police Commissioner electiosn produced vastly more spoilt votes than normal, which is a way to send a message to those wishing to be elected.

Of course, if we had enough independent candidates to vote for, it'd be even better!
[quote][p][bold]NoNewsIsGoodNews[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]eeoodares[/bold] wrote: Vote them out 2015, make sure you are registered and that everyone you know votes. Send a message that these people do not own our City, they are put their by us to represent it![/p][/quote]But you can't just vote them out, you have to vote somebody else in, and that is where the problem lies. The best course of action is to not register vote, or if you are just don't bother showing up. It only encourages them. Look back through the Press archives from when the Lib Dums were in office, the comments were exactly the same as they are now. In 2015 it will be the same again. It's just a vicious circle that needs breaking to make it right. Viva La Revolution.[/p][/quote]Not registering to vote is not a good move. Spoiling your ballot paper is a much better idea! The Police Commissioner electiosn produced vastly more spoilt votes than normal, which is a way to send a message to those wishing to be elected. Of course, if we had enough independent candidates to vote for, it'd be even better! oldgoat

4:42pm Wed 12 Feb 14

NoNewsIsGoodNews says...

oldgoat wrote:
NoNewsIsGoodNews wrote:
eeoodares wrote:
Vote them out 2015, make sure you are registered and that everyone you know votes.

Send a message that these people do not own our City, they are put their by us to represent it!
But you can't just vote them out, you have to vote somebody else in, and that is where the problem lies.
The best course of action is to not register vote, or if you are just don't bother showing up. It only encourages them.
Look back through the Press archives from when the Lib Dums were in office, the comments were exactly the same as they are now. In 2015 it will be the same again. It's just a vicious circle that needs breaking to make it right.

Viva La Revolution.
Not registering to vote is not a good move. Spoiling your ballot paper is a much better idea! The Police Commissioner electiosn produced vastly more spoilt votes than normal, which is a way to send a message to those wishing to be elected.

Of course, if we had enough independent candidates to vote for, it'd be even better!
The Police Commissioner elections proved nothing, it made a weeks worth of headlines but now is all but forgotten about.
[quote][p][bold]oldgoat[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]NoNewsIsGoodNews[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]eeoodares[/bold] wrote: Vote them out 2015, make sure you are registered and that everyone you know votes. Send a message that these people do not own our City, they are put their by us to represent it![/p][/quote]But you can't just vote them out, you have to vote somebody else in, and that is where the problem lies. The best course of action is to not register vote, or if you are just don't bother showing up. It only encourages them. Look back through the Press archives from when the Lib Dums were in office, the comments were exactly the same as they are now. In 2015 it will be the same again. It's just a vicious circle that needs breaking to make it right. Viva La Revolution.[/p][/quote]Not registering to vote is not a good move. Spoiling your ballot paper is a much better idea! The Police Commissioner electiosn produced vastly more spoilt votes than normal, which is a way to send a message to those wishing to be elected. Of course, if we had enough independent candidates to vote for, it'd be even better![/p][/quote]The Police Commissioner elections proved nothing, it made a weeks worth of headlines but now is all but forgotten about. NoNewsIsGoodNews

5:05pm Wed 12 Feb 14

eeoodares says...

NoNewsIsGoodNews wrote:
eeoodares wrote:
Vote them out 2015, make sure you are registered and that everyone you know votes.

Send a message that these people do not own our City, they are put their by us to represent it!
But you can't just vote them out, you have to vote somebody else in, and that is where the problem lies.
The best course of action is to not register vote, or if you are just don't bother showing up. It only encourages them.
Look back through the Press archives from when the Lib Dums were in office, the comments were exactly the same as they are now. In 2015 it will be the same again. It's just a vicious circle that needs breaking to make it right.

Viva La Revolution.
Not quite sure that I see your point. The best way you can imagine to voice your dissatisfaction with a political party and bring about change is to sit back and leave it to those who are willing to do something?

Get up and vote these people out, they won by a majority. Hopefully at the next election they will lose their deposit. That is a sign all parties will take note of!
[quote][p][bold]NoNewsIsGoodNews[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]eeoodares[/bold] wrote: Vote them out 2015, make sure you are registered and that everyone you know votes. Send a message that these people do not own our City, they are put their by us to represent it![/p][/quote]But you can't just vote them out, you have to vote somebody else in, and that is where the problem lies. The best course of action is to not register vote, or if you are just don't bother showing up. It only encourages them. Look back through the Press archives from when the Lib Dums were in office, the comments were exactly the same as they are now. In 2015 it will be the same again. It's just a vicious circle that needs breaking to make it right. Viva La Revolution.[/p][/quote]Not quite sure that I see your point. The best way you can imagine to voice your dissatisfaction with a political party and bring about change is to sit back and leave it to those who are willing to do something? Get up and vote these people out, they won by a majority. Hopefully at the next election they will lose their deposit. That is a sign all parties will take note of! eeoodares

5:20pm Wed 12 Feb 14

tonyfromitaly says...

Heslington wrote:
YOYOwhy? wrote:
On a more positive note, his weight loss challenge appears to be going well.
Maybe that's the real reason for him looking so miserable - lack of cakes.
Steady on ! I mentioned Pies and got told off.
[quote][p][bold]Heslington[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]YOYOwhy?[/bold] wrote: On a more positive note, his weight loss challenge appears to be going well.[/p][/quote]Maybe that's the real reason for him looking so miserable - lack of cakes.[/p][/quote]Steady on ! I mentioned Pies and got told off. tonyfromitaly

5:30pm Wed 12 Feb 14

Heslington says...

I sense another "stop being nasty to me" letter from James is in the offing. .. Stand down then lad and get a real job.
I sense another "stop being nasty to me" letter from James is in the offing. .. Stand down then lad and get a real job. Heslington

5:35pm Wed 12 Feb 14

NoNewsIsGoodNews says...

eeoodares wrote:
NoNewsIsGoodNews wrote:
eeoodares wrote:
Vote them out 2015, make sure you are registered and that everyone you know votes.

Send a message that these people do not own our City, they are put their by us to represent it!
But you can't just vote them out, you have to vote somebody else in, and that is where the problem lies.
The best course of action is to not register vote, or if you are just don't bother showing up. It only encourages them.
Look back through the Press archives from when the Lib Dums were in office, the comments were exactly the same as they are now. In 2015 it will be the same again. It's just a vicious circle that needs breaking to make it right.

Viva La Revolution.
Not quite sure that I see your point. The best way you can imagine to voice your dissatisfaction with a political party and bring about change is to sit back and leave it to those who are willing to do something?

Get up and vote these people out, they won by a majority. Hopefully at the next election they will lose their deposit. That is a sign all parties will take note of!
I am not fed up with the political party, I am fed up with with the whole idea of politics.

By voting or even spoiling your ballot paper you are playing their game.

A game that they set the rules to and decide what happens.

If you ignore them and refuse to play their games, then eventually will have to go away as they will have no backing whatsoever.
[quote][p][bold]eeoodares[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]NoNewsIsGoodNews[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]eeoodares[/bold] wrote: Vote them out 2015, make sure you are registered and that everyone you know votes. Send a message that these people do not own our City, they are put their by us to represent it![/p][/quote]But you can't just vote them out, you have to vote somebody else in, and that is where the problem lies. The best course of action is to not register vote, or if you are just don't bother showing up. It only encourages them. Look back through the Press archives from when the Lib Dums were in office, the comments were exactly the same as they are now. In 2015 it will be the same again. It's just a vicious circle that needs breaking to make it right. Viva La Revolution.[/p][/quote]Not quite sure that I see your point. The best way you can imagine to voice your dissatisfaction with a political party and bring about change is to sit back and leave it to those who are willing to do something? Get up and vote these people out, they won by a majority. Hopefully at the next election they will lose their deposit. That is a sign all parties will take note of![/p][/quote]I am not fed up with the political party, I am fed up with with the whole idea of politics. By voting or even spoiling your ballot paper you are playing their game. A game that they set the rules to and decide what happens. If you ignore them and refuse to play their games, then eventually will have to go away as they will have no backing whatsoever. NoNewsIsGoodNews

10:35pm Wed 12 Feb 14

YOUWILLDOASISAY says...

Abject failure reported as:

would mean many of the good things we are doing would be gone.

Assessment, reality and acknowledgement of facts is not a strong point then.
Abject failure reported as: would mean many of the good things we are doing would be gone. Assessment, reality and acknowledgement of facts is not a strong point then. YOUWILLDOASISAY

11:05pm Wed 12 Feb 14

What-a-joke-they-are says...

Stuff? What is Stuff?

My 9 yr old has difficult 'Stuff' to do at school!

I'd expect a politician to know better words to use than 'Stuff' when it comes to decisions that affect thousands of people
Stuff? What is Stuff? My 9 yr old has difficult 'Stuff' to do at school! I'd expect a politician to know better words to use than 'Stuff' when it comes to decisions that affect thousands of people What-a-joke-they-are

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