Labour elec­tion pledge to cut out ‘frip­peries’

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Countryfile -

it de­scribed as Con­ser­va­tive waste and promised to scrap projects such as the £1.2mil­lion in­ter­net chan­nel Kent TV and the coun­cil’s re­cently launched Healthwatch scheme.

Party leaders in­sisted they could re­turn more coun­cil­lors to County Hall but ac­knowl­edged their main fo­cus would be re­tain­ing the 19-strong group elected last time. Polling ex­perts have pre­dicted the party na­tion­ally faces the prospect of a wipe­out in June and will lose the four coun­ties it still con­trols.

Labour group leader Cllr Mike Eddy said: “We are looking to hold what we have but there are some ar­eas where we could pick up seats. At the mo­ment, given the na­tional sit­u­a­tion, the key is to fight for what we hold.”

He pledged a Labour-run county coun­cil would en­sure money would be spent on front­line ser­vices where it was most needed and not on “flim flam and frip­peries”.

The man­i­festo claims that over the last four years, KCC has squan­dered about £25mil- lion. Mr Eddy said: “We will only con­cen­trate on the is­sues that are im­por­tant to the peo­ple of Kent and that does not mean see­ing the sums of money com­ing into the county from cen­tral Gov­ern­ment mis­di­rected into pet projects. We will get rid of them and spend money on ser­vices peo­ple need and want.”

On the row over coun­cil fat cats, Labour says it would curb the num­ber of se­nior of­fi­cers earn­ing more than £100,000 by five per cent.

Other spe­cific pol­icy com- mit­ments in­clude hold­ing any in­creases to charges for home care help to the inflation rate and a re­view of KCC’s com­mu­nity war­den scheme to en­sure war­dens are placed in com­mu­ni­ties where they are needed most. It also pledges to rein­tro­duce a plas­tic re­cy­cling scheme across the county.

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