FAIR CON­SUL­TA­TION ON TH­ESE GROUNDS?

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I am sure that the res­i­dents of An­gle­sey are most grate­ful in be­ing given the op­por­tu­nity to be in­volved in the con­sul­ta­tions on set­ting the Bud­get for 2015/16. I was also in­tend­ing to be in­volved so sent the fol­low­ing email with four per­ti­nent ques­tions re­lat­ing to the sub­ject to the coun­cil leader:

A full and de­tailed list of all non statu­tory ser­vices sup­plied / pro­vided by the Isle of An­gle­sey County Coun­cil at present.

A full and ac­cu­rate list of the num­ber of users/ben­e­fi­cia­ries of each of th­ese ser­vices.

A full break­down of the ac­tual cost of pro­vi­sion of each of th­ese ser­vices.

A fig­ure for each of th­ese costs against the coun­cil’s an­nual spend.

And was grate­ful to re­ceive a re­sponse as fol­lows:

“Dear Glyn, thanks for your email. Un­for­tu­nately the in­for­ma­tion you are re­quest­ing is not cur­rently avail­able in the for­mat you re­quest. It would take con­sid­er­able ef­fort to gather it in a short time.

“This year we are con­sult­ing on the pro­pos­als that are in the at­tached doc­u­ment.

“I’ve been re­quest­ing that we re­view bud­gets from a zero base since I’ve been a coun­cil­lor.

“The type of in­for­ma­tion you are re­quest­ing would help us to re­view our bud­get in this man­ner. Early in the new fi­nan­cial year the fi­nance depart­ment will be­gin analysing bud­gets by ac­tiv­ity, we will also in­di­cate whether the ac­tiv­ity is statu­tory or not and try to iden­tify the num­ber of users for the par­tic­u­lar ac­tiv­ity.

“I’m sorry that the in­for­ma­tion isn’t avail­able at the mo­ment but I’m pleased to say that we will use a method­ol­ogy sim­i­lar to what you are sug­gest­ing to look closely at the bud­get for 16/17 and 17/18.”

Surely after Em­ploy­ing an In­terim Head of Fi­nance for a lengthy pe­riod for a sum of £15k per Month that the In­for­ma­tion I re­quested should be avail­able im­me­di­ately.

How can any business be op­er­ated with­out the knowl­edge of An­nual Run­ning Costs etc?

Is this what they call con­sul­ta­tion? Glyn Jones,

Aberf­fraw

IT is al­ways a plea­sure to wel­come con­stituents to Par­lia­ment. Over the last cou­ple of weeks I have hosted many in­clud­ing Bryn­sien­cyn Youth Club. Fol­low­ing a tour I held a Q&A ses­sion and was im­pressed with their views on such is­sues as leisure and sport, jobs and trans­port. I will re­main fo­cused on th­ese mat­ters which are so im­por­tant to fu­ture gen­er­a­tions.

I wel­come the Jus­tice Com­mit­tee re­port into Mano­rial Rights. It called for an end to uni­lat­eral no­tices which caused so much an­guish to An­gle­sey res­i­dents, for the stream­lin­ing of tri­bunals and for a re­view by the Law Com­mis­sion into the im­pact of Mano­rial Rights.

Th­ese are the is­sues I raised on be­half of An­gle­sey res­i­dents when I led the cam­paign in Par­lia­ment and called for the in­quiry. I am glad they have been sup­ported by the Com­mit­tee. How­ever, I want to see the bal­ance per­ma­nently moved in favour of or­di­nary res­i­dents. I will work with the Law Com­mis­sion, this and a fu­ture Gov­ern­ment on th­ese mat­ters.

My cam­paign on mo­bile phone cov­er­age con­tin­ues. This week, I met with the op­er­a­tor Three here on An­gle­sey where we were joined by the Tourism As­so­ci­a­tion. Three have plans to im­prove cov­er­age this year which I wel­come. How­ever, I will con­tinue to put pres­sure on the op­er­a­tors on be­half of res­i­dents who de­serve a bet­ter mo­bile ser­vice.

Dairy farm­ers are suf­fer­ing due to the fall in milk prices. Un­for­tu­nately, the UK Gov­ern­ment wa­tered down the pow­ers of the Gro­ceries Marker Ad­ju­di­ca­tor. My Pri­vate Mem­bers Bill would have cre­ated an om­buds­man with real teeth. The Gov­ern­ment needs to do more to give the in­de­pen­dent ad­ju­di­ca­tor the power of in­quiry so that it can face up to big or­gan­i­sa­tions who do not treat farm­ers fairly.

Fi­nally, I or­gan­ised the first meet­ing of an Is­land Games Bid. The next meet­ing will be open to the pub­lic and will es­tab­lish a fully in­clu­sive team to in­volve the pub­lic, pri­vate and other sec­tors and for­mu­late a qual­ity bid plan to host the Games and pro­vide a legacy for sport, leisure, tourism and health on An­gle­sey.

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