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BUDGET 2019-22: DEMANDING BETTER - DELIVERING MORE

April 15, 2019 10:20 AM
By Southampton Liberal Democrats

Portswood Honorary Alderman Adrian Vinson put forward our alternative proposals at the City Council's budget meeting in February.

Adrian says:

"Labour's budget is once again predictably conservative, necessitating an excessive Council Tax increase. The Conservatives once again offer fantasy finance, while their Government continues to pass the buck to local councils.

"Ours is a value-for-money budget which puts the quality of life of local people first, maintaining and improving vital services, protecting our neighbourhoods and communities and safeguarding our environment, while moderating the increase in Council Tax."

As in previous years, the Liberal Democrat budget proposals are costed to balance for three years.

Budget 2019

The fully costed Lib Dem proposals would be financed by:

● deleting the increase in budget for Councillors' Allowances

● reducing redundancies

● accelerating efficiency savings

● doubling the Empty Property Premium

● cancelling the Enterprise Resource Planning System

These savings would enable the Lib Dems to:

● re-introduce a Community Champions Team to tackle neighbourhood blight & anti-social behaviour

● abolish the charge for 1st parking permits in Residents' Parking Zones (increasing the charge for 2nd permits)

● investigate the feasibilty of a Park & Ride scheme

● maintain free District Centre Parking hours

● restore one free bulk waste collection a year

● enforce against planning breaches

● step up road and pavement repairs

● expand cycleways

● adopt air quality, recycling & renewable energy initiatives

● boost Youth Services

● provide more support for volunteers & voluntary groups

● offer a seasonal, opt in, food waste collection

● tackle pavement parking & cycling

● adopt homelessness initiatives

● promote Restorative Justice

● restore cuts to Environmental Health services

The Lib Dems would also cut Labour's proposed Council Tax increase, which would mean a reduction of £15 a year on a Band D property.