Labour election pledge to cut out ‘fripperies’
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.