Council speech: the Council's inefficient spending
21/07/2015 08:26:00......Posted by Mario Creatura
Last night I gave a speech on this debate motion:
This Council believes that the decisions taken by Cllr Newman and his Cabinet are putting the Council at risk based on their choices and lack of financial control.
You can watch it on the Council site or read a transcript below.
You'll notice at the start that our new Mayor, Cllr Hay-Justice, got a bit tongue-tied with my name. Kudos to her for valiantly struggling through. I've been called much worse...
"It’s perhaps fitting at this, the final Council before the summer, that we take stock of exactly what a Council is for. Council’s are here to run things for the betterment of our community using money from the community. The money all comes from our residents. So it’s only right and proper that we give them their monies worth.
I know that this may all sound familiar, I’ve given a speech before about Labour’s wastefulness, but I’m sorry to say that they’ve still not learned from the embarrassing defeat at the General Election.
Madam Mayor it’s timely that today the Croydon Advertiser provided us with a small but perfectly formed example of the waste of this administration – the mysterious curious incidence of the disappearing Central Parade stones. An installation supported by local trader that initially cost just over £7,000 to install was removed by our Labour administration at a cost to Croydon Taxpayers of some £20,000. Where did they go Madam Mayor?
Nationally Labour said Ed Miliband’s infamous ‘Ed Stone’ was stored in a garage somewhere in South London. Perhaps it was keeping the New Addington stones company?
Today we learn that the stones are making a miraculous reappearance dotted around the borough - celebrating 50 years since Croydon joined London. Give the PR office a raise, Cllr Newman, genius!
But how much will it cost to install the stones? We’ve no idea. How much did it cost to store them since October? Nobody knows. So much for openness and transparency… This illustrates perfectly on a small scale the waste of this administration. What else could that money have been spent on?
Imagine you’re the Chancellor or the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government. You get approached by Croydon Council who are asking for more money to fund vital services as Croydon isn’t getting its fair share of the pie. You’d expect Croydon has done all it can to streamline its services, why else would they be coming to you with a begging bowl? Then you discover they’re spending hundreds of thousands on a music festival; a food festival; a £200,000 Fairness Commission; thousands on a bike race; tens of thousands moving some stones around and countless other examples of unnecessary expenditure.
Imagine you’re that Chancellor. What would you do? Would you help Croydon?
I have a message for our friends in the local press, for residents up in the public gallery and for what I’m sure are thousands of people watching this at home: keep an eye on our Labour Council. Always ask yourself ‘how are they paying for this’? Because there are only two ways that a Council can fund projects and that’s by raising taxes or cutting services.
Labour have magicked hundreds of thousands of pounds of your money to pay for food festivals and music concerts; for transporting and storing stones and setting up ‘Commissions’ to apparently make our lives better. Where has all that money for these additional pet projects comes from?
I’ve already given a speech about this administration’s sham of a Budget, and I apologise if I sound like a broken record, but it needs hammering home. Council’s have one job: to spend the money we are given by our taxpayers in the most effective way possible to make their lives better. And this administration simply isn’t.
I support the motion."