Tuesday, 5 February 2008

Why no budget briefing?

Some of the subjects that Councillors are offered briefings on are somewhat esoteric. Yesterday there was a briefing on the Eastern Transport Corridor, which, given that it's almost complete, must have been mainly about the effect on traffic flows when the link to the Haughton Road is built. No need for a briefing: the answer is absolute chaos on all roads coming into town from the north and east.
But the big political decision of the year, the budget, with Cabinet proposing an inflation-busting 4.9% Council Tax increase and significant job and service cuts, is not being briefed on.
Now, we aren't all experts on the minutiae of local government finance, so why aren't officers offering a briefing on the budget proposals? I really can't imagine!

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