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    MGRA wrote:
    Maine Lobster wrote:
    waltons11 wrote:
    Linesman wrote:
    derek james wrote: see who's celebrating when the increased council tax bills hit the mat next year
    Of course, you did realise that the council tax did not rise because of decisions taken at Westminster don't you? If the City council had raised the council tax, they would have received a much smaller government grant. It was nothing to do with Royston Smith's policies. It was because Royston Smith could not deal with that restriction placed on him, that he could not cope and screwed up everything.
    I have made this comment before, however people only see and hear what they want to, there's no telling some people.
    That may be so, but the Tory posters on here who are only interested in saving a few pounds a year on their Council Tax, want readers to believe that the Council alone has responsibility for setting the Council Tax.
    Those with knowledge realise that 80% of Council funding comes from central Government. The reductions in grants to Councils have been made to bail out the banks by slashing sevices.
    The Conservative administration did of course increase the cuts burden by offering an additional 10% council tax discount to pensioners and Police staff. The pensioners that qualified were not those in real need, the needy would qualify for council tax benefit anyway. It did help the better off ones in Bassett and other leafy suburds too though, like Highfield and Portswood. Guess which party won in those wards?
    Still, the bribe didn't work and Royston's pig headedness lost his party control and his party colleagues paid the price across the city.
    Perhaps in future ,the local Conservatives will chose a leader who will not provoke a fight and bring the city into disrepute. The unions didn't want strikes but cuts in their wages were the last resort.
    sorry but your line "the unions didn't want strikes" made me fall over laughing.... thats the most ridiculous thing said on here for ages....Not only do they want strikes but they will up the anti now and will press for stupid consessions that the labour council will give them so as not to appear to look weak and foolish and guess who picjs up the bill next spring with a huge rise in council tax ? yep...
    Also being economically illiterate, the labour council will embark madness like raising parking charges, charges to business etc etc and drive down investment in the city. Their priority as always will to make sure the spongers and layabouts get their needs looked after and of course signs everywhere in about 400 different languages costing thousands so as not to offend any andian indiginous tribal member who may visit the city and not be able to speak english.... Just wait for 100s of stories in the echo of wasted tens of thousands of tax payers money on irrelebant projects and obsolete politically correct garbage.... let the fun begin !
    Made you fall over laughing?

    I guess you must be Unbalanced?

    Strikes are invariably a reaction, not a first action.

    I have yet to meet ANYONE who wants to go out on strike and make do with strike pay."
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Mixed reaction to Labour taking control of Southampton City Council

Labour activists celebrate their election win

Labour activists celebrate their election win

First published in Business Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Education Reporter

UNION bosses have hailed Labour’s Southampton council election victory, but business leaders are giving the city’s new red dawn only a cautious welcome.

The reactions will partly boost incoming leader Richard Williams, but also hint at the challenges he faces now he is in power.

The new administration’s first job when it formally takes over Southampton City Council next week will be to sit down with union bosses in a bid to hammer out a deal to finally lift the industrial action hanging over the authority for the past 12 months.

If it can’t convince workers to sign up to its plans for dealing with budget cuts, it could face further disruption and a £12m bill from legal claims over the controversial pay cuts for staff forced through by the Tories last year.

However, once that huge task has been completed Labour councillors must then set about convincing commerce leaders they mean Business.

Union Unite has congratulated Cllr Williams and his team on victory in last Thursday’s elections, saying the result sent a “resounding message” to the Conservatives over cuts.

Regional secretary John Rowse said: “The people of this great city have stood up and said no more can you cut our services, slash our jobs and destroy our communities.

“The campaign to rid this city of the cuts scourge was a success because working people and their unions joined forces to unseat a council leadership that was out of touch with the needs of Southampton.”

Meanwhile, the reaction from business leaders to Labour has been far more measured.

Sally Lynskey, chief executive of Business Solent said wants to hear how Labour will help Southampton take its “many opportunities to earn its rightful place on the map of leading cities”.

She said: “Business Solent looks forward to receiving a briefing from the new leader of the council and working in partnership with his team to continue to strive to make the city the best place to work, invest, live, study and enjoy.”

Chris Treacher, managing director of Wise Catering, said he was concerned the party’s 50-point manifesto was “light on business issues”, and wants to see more done to encourage the “tentative signs of life coming back to the city”

He said: “The new Labour council must make sure that it listens to the views of businesses and shows that it is a party that supports economic prosperity for the city. An early test will be how the leader deals with the council pay issues.”

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