Tories hand out a “£265,000 pay-off” after three failures…
HAVE THEY NO SHAME?
Shameless Tory councillors have handed West Sussex County Council’s former chief executive a reported £265,000 pay-off after three serious council failures.
- Children’s services’ “damning indictment”
An Ofsted report said the council’s children’s services suffered “widespread and serious weaknesses”. The Department for Education condemned the council’s inadequate and ineffective leadership going back for years.
A report to the DfE by a special commissioner said the failures were “systemic and prolonged”. They were so bad the service should be removed from the council.
Liberal Democrat county councillor James Walsh said the commissioner’s report was a “damning indictment” of the council. He said the Tory failure to run the children’s services effectively had left “an unknown number of children badly affected”.
MISSING MILLIONS SCANDAL: THE FULL STORY
This is what you read in Focus, but there’s more…
Adur District Council has missed out on the chance to collect millions of pounds from property developers, local Liberal Democrat campaigners have revealed.
The money – as much as £3m – could have been spent on local services such as schools, health centres, libraries and road improvements.
The funds would have come from the Community Infrastructure Levy, a government scheme which lets councils charge developers building homes and commercial properties.
Adur has been the slowest of West Sussex’s district and borough councils to tap into the millions the scheme is producing. The county’s other six councils have already implemented the levy or published their charging rates.
But at the beginning of 2020, Adur still hadn’t published its own charges.
Meanwhile, local residents are missing out on the facilities the money could provide, says Ian Jones, Shoreham and Southwick Liberal Democrats’ spokesman.
Ian says: “At a time when local council’s budgets have been cut to the bone, they should chase every penny. It’s a scandal that slow-coach Adur is at the back of the queue and has missed out on millions.
“There’s some flexibility in implementing the CIL and it’s perfectly possible to adopt different policies and charging rates. But that doesn’t excuse Adur’s delay in getting the scheme working in this area.”
In a recent letter to Dan Humphreys, Leader of Worthing Council, Tarring Councillor Martin McCabe urges action on no-deal Brexit.
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The Liberal Democrats are back and winning!
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Members of the Liberal Democrats in the Worthing West Constituency have selected Arun councillor Jamie Bennett to be their Prospective Parliamentary Candidate.
The Tarring Team say thank you to all voters
May 2019- Across the country the Liberal Democrats have secured our best local election results ever! Here in Worthing we have another reason to celebrate, Martin McCabe has won Tarring after facing stiff competition from both the Conservative and Labour parties!
In the rest of Worthing our local candidates also did well, Caroline Griffiths has increased the Liberal vote share in Gaisford.
Both Martin and Caroline, and the rest of the Adur and Worthing Liberal Democrats, want to say thank you to everyone who came out to make the day a huge success.
To read Martins thank you to the residents of Tarring in full, please follow this link: https://www.wor-ld.org.uk/martin_mccabe_wins_in_tarring
The Adur and Worthing Liberal Democrats have selected candidates for the 2019 local council elections. For more information on individual candidates check out the Local Team page!
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