With a Labour council in power, the Conservatives won’t be much use apart from saying that Labour have lost their grip on the purse strings.
If you go to the council’s website homepage this starts with a link called “Cuts to the Council’s budget for 2013-14” this takes you to a page telling you the council are going to charge us more money, at http://www.thanet.gov.uk/news/latest_press_releases/council_tax_announcement.aspx with a link on it taking you to a page telling you what the council spends our money on, at http://www.thanet.gov.uk/council__democracy/consultation/budget_consultation_2012-13.aspx this page says:
Your views wanted!
*Consultation now open until Friday 7 December 2012*”
Here is the table form this page:
Cost per Band D per year
Cost per week
Clean Streets (including waste & recycling)
Parks & Public Spaces
Community Safety (including wardens and reducing anti-social behaviour)
Promoting Thanet as a tourist destination
Culture & Events
Museums, Theatres & Galleries
Beaches (including inspections and water safety)
Economic Development & Regeneration
Services provided by East Kent Services (revenues and benefits, customer services and ICT)
Members services and democratic processes (including electoral registration and elections)
Support functions (including accountancy, legal services and business services)
http://www.thanet.gov.uk/files/budget_consultation_2013_14.htm with a table rather similar to the one above
|1.||Please tell us which of the following services you value the most by rating each of them as either high, medium or low value.|
|Waste and recycling|
|Parks and public spaces (including provision of facilities e.g. public conveniences)|
|Community Safety services (including wardens and reducing anti-social behaviour)|
|Promoting Thanet as a tourist destination|
|Beaches (including beach inspections and water safety)|
|Sports and Leisure facilities|
|Museums, Theatres and Galleries|
|Locally run events and the provision of grants to support events|
|Environmental Health (including dog warden, pest control, food safety)|
|Private Housing (regenerating housing estates, homelessness support)|
|Economic development and regeneration (including business advice and the creation of jobs)|
|Benefits Service and Advice|
|Landlord services (support to council tenants)|
|2.||You have space to provide a response of up to 1,000 characters.|
Hot Diggery Dog not only have both tables published but you can even dot your preferences enabling you to play a pointless game.
You may have noticed that the choices in the second table don’t seem to relate to the grey (marked in red) areas in the first table.
So if say you had a preference here for the council to spend more money on lawyers and bureaucrats, it is going to very difficult for you to express this.
While if say you want them to spend less on street cleaning and public toilets it is dead easy.
The next page is much easier it asks