Labour values must have changed
I was in the public seats at the SLC executive council meeting on August 26 and I could not believe the way the meeting was conducted the chair proposed the motion and the vice chair seconded.
I would have thought that any proposal or amendment should have come from members and not the chair.
Labour values must have changed since I was younger, they used to fight for equality for the working class not discrimination and division.
I would love to know who the right wing Labour councillor was that put up the proposal that only children getting school meals are allowed a bus to school and the rest can walk.
The council stated that no other savings could be made and one labour councillor even said IT was more important than school buses.
Maybe if the council had stayed in COSLA instead of paying approximately £3.5million to come out or if they had paid the equal pay when they should have,they would not have to pay expensive lawyers about £2 million.
These savings alone would have paid for school buses for seven years.
The council have no money but they have a reported taxi bill of £14m, the second highest in Scotland. I`m not an accountant but if they trim their taxi bill, their IT bill, cancel the 50th birthday party, remove free bus passes for the convicted drug addicts, even reduce some of their own expenses maybe there would be enough money in the pot to continue the buses .
I am not convinced the executive should have made the decision at all as the initial proposal and timing has changed which makes the consultation document null and void. It should have gone back to full council and a revised consultation sent out. Douglas Beard Grandparent and Halfway resident
I do not agreed with the removal of school buses as the safe walking route is not safe and to expect children to walk that distance daily in all weather’s is unacceptable.
I as an adult would not want to walk the route or distance.
South Lanarkshire Council have now said that children who receive free school meals are the only ones entitled to free transport. I have nothing against people who don’t work but how can this be fair when you are out working but seem to be penalised for having a job.
SLC say they can only provide a free service for children who have free school meals but this is the buses that they will still have outgoings for driver’s wages, fuel, upkeep, be half empty and going past children waiting to go to school. It’s a disgrace. Karen Ross via email