Ian Swithenbank, Chairperson
Grant Davey, Leader
Val Tyler, Deputy
Robert Arckless, Secretary
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Labour unveils new team on anti – PPP working group
The new cross party working group set up to scrutinise Northumberland County Council plans to ‘privatise’ unspecified council services will see Labour ‘wheel out’ an experienced team consisting of Leader Grant Davey; His deputy Val Tyler, David Ledger and Ian Swithenbank.
The group was set up after proposals put forward by the Liberal Democrat executive member Andrew Tebbutt were circulated to members of the council causing a storm and a cross party motion supported by Labour and Conservative members expressed serious concerns over the plans. His plans were designed to plug a £77m gap in the council’s finances and could lead to over 1000 job losses and a wholesale ‘giveaway’ of council services to the private sector.
Labour Leader Grant Davey said
"Northumberland Labour Group are determined to turn the spotlight on these ‘chaotic and potentially damaging plans’. We are particularly keen to look at the alternative options available to the Council to fight of this unnecessary back door privatisation. We are fielding a very experienced team of members to ensure the residents and staff can have confidence our team is prepared to ask the awkward questions. There is a fantasy at the heart of these proposals that ‘partnership proposals by Councillor Reid, Tebbutt and Bradbury will lead to more efficient or better services for residents and employees’. You just need to look at the G4S debacle to see that isn’t always the case. We hope that Councillor Reid and his executive will approach this working group in a constructive and transparent way and the ball is firmly in their court”.
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