I wasn't happy with budget cuts, says Laurenson

Worcester News: Councillor Neil Laurenson, from Worcester Green Party Councillor Neil Laurenson, from Worcester Green Party

A WORCESTER councillor has revealed that he decided to vote against the city's 2014/15 budget after being horrified at the cuts.

Councillor Neil Laurenson, from Worcester Green Party, decided to go against the Labour leadership and defy its spending plans on Tuesday night.

The surprise move came after he allowed the party into power last year in a shock coup.

He explained: "I voted against the Tories’ cuts last year and voted against Labour’s cuts this year, which included reductions to street cleansing and play equipment.

"The money from central government is being repeatedly cut and we appear to be reaching a point at which local authorities either need to make a stand, or roll over and die.

"Green councillors elsewhere in the country have suggested proposing a referendum on council tax on the basis that the public should decide.

"This could lead to more services being saved."

As your Worcester News revealed yesterday, the budget was passed this week after six hours of debate.

It includes £1.3 million towards new housing and ideas to boost the economy, but a council tax increase of 1.9 per cent and higher parking charges.

It was voted through by Labour and the Liberal Democrats.

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6:39pm Thu 27 Feb 14

Hwicce says...

The Council can hold a referendum itself if it wants. In fact if they want to increase the Council Tax 2% or more it MUST hold one.

Politicians hiding behind half truths again.
The Council can hold a referendum itself if it wants. In fact if they want to increase the Council Tax 2% or more it MUST hold one. Politicians hiding behind half truths again. Hwicce

9:11pm Thu 27 Feb 14

BrownSauce says...

Once again we see the tax and spend Labour party following its long and far-from-proud history of choosing tax instead of restraint..

Instead of attempting to help the many citizens who are struggling to pay their Council tax, the Labour party has increased the tax as high as it can without requiring permission from Central Government.

Luckily, there is an election in May for 12 city wards, and this is an opportunity for voters to rid themselves of this non-performing minority administration who only gained power by doing deals behind closed doors with the Fib/Dems and the Greens.

A vote for Labour is a vote for more tax and spend.
Once again we see the tax and spend Labour party following its long and far-from-proud history of choosing tax instead of restraint.. Instead of attempting to help the many citizens who are struggling to pay their Council tax, the Labour party has increased the tax as high as it can without requiring permission from Central Government. Luckily, there is an election in May for 12 city wards, and this is an opportunity for voters to rid themselves of this non-performing minority administration who only gained power by doing deals behind closed doors with the Fib/Dems and the Greens. A vote for Labour is a vote for more tax and spend. BrownSauce

10:22pm Thu 27 Feb 14

Samboy says...

We are continually told about reduced Government Funding, but I have never seen the actual figures quoted. Can you through your columns state the amount if Governement money for this year and perhaps the last 3 or 4 years so we can see for ourselves.
We are continually told about reduced Government Funding, but I have never seen the actual figures quoted. Can you through your columns state the amount if Governement money for this year and perhaps the last 3 or 4 years so we can see for ourselves. Samboy

12:46am Fri 28 Feb 14

PrivateSi says...

Labour's New Dull and Continuous Warfare policies ADDED UP to NONSENSE... The Poo Deal, more like - lot's of pooey bloated admin and infrastructure and utilities forsaken for mega-ripoff USELESS or REVOLTING Prestige Projects... Domers, MI Sixers, Doughnutters, Assembly-brains and Hollyroods... Environmental claptrap. EU HELL.
Labour's New Dull and Continuous Warfare policies ADDED UP to NONSENSE... The Poo Deal, more like - lot's of pooey bloated admin and infrastructure and utilities forsaken for mega-ripoff USELESS or REVOLTING Prestige Projects... Domers, MI Sixers, Doughnutters, Assembly-brains and Hollyroods... Environmental claptrap. EU HELL. PrivateSi

12:54am Fri 28 Feb 14

PrivateSi says...

PUBLISH ALL COUNCILS' ACCOUNTS IN DETAIL IN STANDARD, INTELLIGENT HIERARCHICAL FORM... Like:

http://www.ukpublics
pending.co.uk/year_s
pending_2013UKbn_13b
c1n_3040507090#ukgs3
02

but in minute detail with more sub categories (regional, sub-department, product type etc.)...

http://www.tradingec
onomics.com/united-k
ingdom/population

is quite good for macro economics too..
PUBLISH ALL COUNCILS' ACCOUNTS IN DETAIL IN STANDARD, INTELLIGENT HIERARCHICAL FORM... Like: http://www.ukpublics pending.co.uk/year_s pending_2013UKbn_13b c1n_3040507090#ukgs3 02 but in minute detail with more sub categories (regional, sub-department, product type etc.)... http://www.tradingec onomics.com/united-k ingdom/population is quite good for macro economics too.. PrivateSi

7:19am Fri 28 Feb 14

green49 says...

ITS GOVERNMENT that are the cause of all the cuts, the locals Tory or labour have to cut but its time to say no as when it all takes effect and people are directly affected by them then it will be too late.
Another fine mess politicians have got us all into.
ITS GOVERNMENT that are the cause of all the cuts, the locals Tory or labour have to cut but its time to say no as when it all takes effect and people are directly affected by them then it will be too late. Another fine mess politicians have got us all into. green49

7:42am Fri 28 Feb 14

truth must out says...

BrownSauce wrote:
Once again we see the tax and spend Labour party following its long and far-from-proud history of choosing tax instead of restraint..

Instead of attempting to help the many citizens who are struggling to pay their Council tax, the Labour party has increased the tax as high as it can without requiring permission from Central Government.

Luckily, there is an election in May for 12 city wards, and this is an opportunity for voters to rid themselves of this non-performing minority administration who only gained power by doing deals behind closed doors with the Fib/Dems and the Greens.

A vote for Labour is a vote for more tax and spend.
Spoke like a true tory............seem
s to have forgot about the coalition government...!!!
[quote][p][bold]BrownSauce[/bold] wrote: Once again we see the tax and spend Labour party following its long and far-from-proud history of choosing tax instead of restraint.. Instead of attempting to help the many citizens who are struggling to pay their Council tax, the Labour party has increased the tax as high as it can without requiring permission from Central Government. Luckily, there is an election in May for 12 city wards, and this is an opportunity for voters to rid themselves of this non-performing minority administration who only gained power by doing deals behind closed doors with the Fib/Dems and the Greens. A vote for Labour is a vote for more tax and spend.[/p][/quote]Spoke like a true tory............seem s to have forgot about the coalition government...!!! truth must out

11:18am Fri 28 Feb 14

PrivateSi says...

Labour massively bloated State Bureaucracy - along with his EU masters... This bureaucracy and admin bloat inevitably takes money away from genuinely useful (direct care oriented) frontline services..

Our Infrastructure is totally overloaded by unfettered immigration and rapidly becoming out of date. Bums on seats don't build council houses.. PFI stinks.

What a mess The Foreign Labourious Party left The Conservitudes... Mind you, with all our Infrastructure and Utilities sold off from Thatcher onwards New Labour didn't have much of anything of any use to put people to good use on...

From a Nationalised Citizen's point-of-view these party's are all owned by Global Super Powers, the currency is backed by LIES, BLUSTER & GAMBLING... A disgraceful system... The worst bloat of socialism combined with the complete loss of control of the means of production - toothless regulators don't help much and can't stop the elite creaming off our efforts in a privitised, classical liberal capaitalist world that we increasingly seem to be living in... Social Liberalism is a joke too - like socialism...

We need a new system that acts as a balance against the excesses of 'The Free Market' (and The Shareholder Class)...
Labour massively bloated State Bureaucracy - along with his EU masters... This bureaucracy and admin bloat inevitably takes money away from genuinely useful (direct care oriented) frontline services.. Our Infrastructure is totally overloaded by unfettered immigration and rapidly becoming out of date. Bums on seats don't build council houses.. PFI stinks. What a mess The Foreign Labourious Party left The Conservitudes... Mind you, with all our Infrastructure and Utilities sold off from Thatcher onwards New Labour didn't have much of anything of any use to put people to good use on... From a Nationalised Citizen's point-of-view these party's are all owned by Global Super Powers, the currency is backed by LIES, BLUSTER & GAMBLING... A disgraceful system... The worst bloat of socialism combined with the complete loss of control of the means of production - toothless regulators don't help much and can't stop the elite creaming off our efforts in a privitised, classical liberal capaitalist world that we increasingly seem to be living in... Social Liberalism is a joke too - like socialism... We need a new system that acts as a balance against the excesses of 'The Free Market' (and The Shareholder Class)... PrivateSi

11:22am Fri 28 Feb 14

PrivateSi says...

Troll Start.

(butt-kicking Figures, 1996 start!):
Personal WEEKLY Age-Linked Auto-Benefits\Tax Break=£0 age 0..

0..18:
Yearly Rise=£4, 50% to Guardian(s),
50% to Kid's strict Housing (deposit, mortgage, rent) & Further Ed.
(2nd year+) Fund (£20,673 at 18, 4% interest).
Smallish Rewards for Qualifications, Guardians & Educators admin)..
Minimum Wage=£7.50, Income Tax=25%, P. Pot Contrib\EmployEE NI=25% (held by MANY Firms)..

19..36:
Yearly Rise=£6 (18: Spending=£54, P. Pot Contrib=£18, 36+: £135 & £45)..

37..54:
Yearly Rise=£0..

55:
Benefits stop. Untaxed PENSION=Interest Only or x% of P. Pot if below £180/w (36 years, 40 hour weeks, minimum wage, 4% interest), if above up to 50% of P. Pot to State (at Minimum Wage x 4, ie. £1200/w, cut to £600)..

55+:
P. Pot Contrib & Income Tax each=25% on all income but State Pension..

Death:
50% P. Pot to State, 50% to Spouse (1st\current\all by kids?) else State..
Charities & The National Care & Health Service (NCHS=nurtures) aid Individual Needs & stop cheats.. Roll on 55..
____

..Pension funds to MANY different Private Pensions schemes, fairly, plus ethical profitable firms directly and New PROFIT MAKING _National Consumerism_ modelled, auto-profit regulating, Infrastructure & Utility Projects (for STABILITY & SECURUITY):

51% owned by all British Citizens, individually, equally, non-salable..
24% by The State, non-salable, money back to Pension Pots plus one off payments & x%? of shares as proximity weighted compensation (& VOTES) to people, local charities, councils..
25% by Private Investors, salable.. eg. new Houses, Power Stations (Waste to Energy++). (Some) Resource Extraction Projects too?..
Bi-annual Dividends count as Income so 25% Tax & 25% to your Pension Pot..
After 55 years taxes can be lowered &/or the national debt rapidly paid off as up to 50% of each generation's Pension Pots roll back to The State (& the REST!)..
Ideally 5% interest on Pension Pots, profit to a robust, minimalist, work promoting, health aiding, caring, non-draconian State.

Troll End.
Troll Start. (butt-kicking Figures, 1996 start!): Personal WEEKLY Age-Linked Auto-Benefits\Tax Break=£0 age 0.. 0..18: Yearly Rise=£4, 50% to Guardian(s), 50% to Kid's strict Housing (deposit, mortgage, rent) & Further Ed. (2nd year+) Fund (£20,673 at 18, 4% interest). Smallish Rewards for Qualifications, Guardians & Educators admin).. Minimum Wage=£7.50, Income Tax=25%, P. Pot Contrib\EmployEE NI=25% (held by MANY Firms).. 19..36: Yearly Rise=£6 (18: Spending=£54, P. Pot Contrib=£18, 36+: £135 & £45).. 37..54: Yearly Rise=£0.. 55: Benefits stop. Untaxed PENSION=Interest Only or x% of P. Pot if below £180/w (36 years, 40 hour weeks, minimum wage, 4% interest), if above up to 50% of P. Pot to State (at Minimum Wage x 4, ie. £1200/w, cut to £600).. 55+: P. Pot Contrib & Income Tax each=25% on all income but State Pension.. Death: 50% P. Pot to State, 50% to Spouse (1st\current\all by kids?) else State.. Charities & The National Care & Health Service (NCHS=nurtures) aid Individual Needs & stop cheats.. Roll on 55.. ____ ..Pension funds to MANY different Private Pensions schemes, fairly, plus ethical profitable firms directly and New PROFIT MAKING _National Consumerism_ modelled, auto-profit regulating, Infrastructure & Utility Projects (for STABILITY & SECURUITY): 51% owned by all British Citizens, individually, equally, non-salable.. 24% by The State, non-salable, money back to Pension Pots plus one off payments & x%? of shares as proximity weighted compensation (& VOTES) to people, local charities, councils.. 25% by Private Investors, salable.. eg. new Houses, Power Stations (Waste to Energy++). (Some) Resource Extraction Projects too?.. Bi-annual Dividends count as Income so 25% Tax & 25% to your Pension Pot.. After 55 years taxes can be lowered &/or the national debt rapidly paid off as up to 50% of each generation's Pension Pots roll back to The State (& the REST!).. Ideally 5% interest on Pension Pots, profit to a robust, minimalist, work promoting, health aiding, caring, non-draconian State. Troll End. PrivateSi

2:10pm Fri 28 Feb 14

PrivateSi says...

"IT's perfect yes it's true - but without me you're only YOU!"
"IT's perfect yes it's true - but without me you're only YOU!" PrivateSi

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