One Year On – Labour’s Failures

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It’s one year since the Labour Party took control of Birmingham Council, and Councillors and candidates from across the city have been out reminding people of some of the unpopular things Labour has done in just 12 months, including:

Announced a £35 charge for Green Waste Collection from February 2014

Introducing wheelie bins across the city without proper consultation

Stopped supplying black and green bags for household and green garden waste

Tried to introduce a “Death Tax” which would have meant a charge of up to £70 to get a body released from the City Council mortuary (fortunately scrapped after Conservative opposition)

Stopped the special street collections which allowed people to get rid of bulky waste for free and lessened fly tipping

Cut over £1 million from the highways maintenance contract, leaving pot holes unfilled

Cut Community Chest funding by 60% taking much needed resources from local community groups

Reduced street cleansing by 25%

Increased housing rents above inflation

Etc. Etc.  Of course we all know the Council has to save money thanks to the mess the last Labour Government left the country in, but the details of HOW the Council is going to save money this year has been decided by the local Labour Councillors. They could have cut down on the European and Equalities Offices, they could have cut Trade Union facilities and time, they could have cut out the City Council newspaper and outside subscriptions, they could have cut absenteeism. There are lots of things they could have done – but instead they chose to do the things listed at the start of this blog post. I think they have made the wrong choices. The “Happy Birthday?” cards we have been distributing today explain that.

 

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