The news last week that Cambridgeshire County Council is requiring some of its staff to take ‘unpaid leave’ between Xmas and New Year is alarming on at least two fronts, writes Councillor David Jenkins.
Firstly CCC seems to be running out of money. As a senior finance officer said ‘we are simply spending above the resources we have available’. And that’s even after all the savings we accrue from having so many vacancies within Highways.
Secondly why is it the employees who get the pain? It’s the latest in a series of developments which have put pressure on them without any prospect of any reward.
Conservative Councillors would rather library computers go unused than change their failing charging policy.
At a committee meeting of Cambridgeshire County Council on Tuesday (11 September), the policy of charging residents to use library computers was shown to be driving people away from using the computers, and raising little money in the process.
The Conservatives' decision to charge people for using library computers has been a complete failure.
Computer use is down 55% in Cambridgeshire's libraries and the charging scheme has raised £4000 against a prediction of £50,000.
The Liberal Democrats and thousands of residents had opposed the charges, saying it would both put people off using the computers and fail to raise money.
Serious questions need to be asked about the way Peterborough & Cambridgeshire Combined Authority is being run say the Lib Dems.
August has seen Mayor Palmer's appointment of a Conservative colleague of his on a salary of at least £100,000 and today it has emerged that the Chief Executive (on £150k) is on 'Gardening Leave'.
Cambridgeshire County Council has unanimously backed a motion to back the Motor Neurone Disease Charter.
At its 17 July meeting, Cllr Amanda Taylor (Lib Dem, Queen Ediths) proposed the motion that was seconded by Conservative Cllr Anna Bailey.
Cllr Taylor said, “It was a privilege to be asked by the MNDA to propose the adoption of the Charter. I’d like to thank all the other county councillors for their support — it is great that people from different political parties can come together over a quality of life issue like this.”