Archive for July, 2011
Labour Councillors have tried to block a pay rise for the Council’s lowest paid staff – including 131 care workers, 118 childcare workers and 92 crossing patrol attendants. The national public sector pay freeze included the option for local councils to exempt lowest paid staff – those earning less than £21,000 a year – and, instead give them a pay rise of £250.
Cllr. Jeff Green said: “This year’s Conservative budget included £800,000 to make sure our lowest paid staff would be helped with the cost of living. They were promised this money and tonight we forced a vote in the Town Hall for the Council to hand it over. I am passionate about how the Council treats its staff. As Leader, I was open and up front with staff about the challenges we faced. Partly because of that, we were able to cut Council spending by £52 million, avoid compulsory redundancies, freeze Council Tax and reduce the Council’s debts by £10 million. Every single member of staff can be proud of what we achieved together.”
Cllr. Steve Foulkes and Cllr. Adrian Jones fought to stop the pay rise and, instead, bank the £800,000. Cllr. Green added: “This was a shocking betrayal by Labour of the lowest paid staff in the Council. It reminds me of the way in which Gordon Brown scrapped the 10p tax for the lowest paid. “Other councils have honoured their responsibilities and, because we reduced the running costs of the Council, I made sure the money was available in this year’s budget to help the lowest paid. Many people, not least the lowest paid, are being hit by the rising cost of living. This £250 will help with that.”
Labour was defeated as Liberal Democrats joined with the Conservatives to force through the payment.
Tonight I attended the Foxfield School Prom Night for those leaving the school at the end of next week. It was great to see the leavers all dressed up, some even in ball gowns and bow ties. The event was held for the first time at Harvest Court in Harvest Lane, Moreton. This was good for localism, being in the ward, and doubly so as the catering was provided by the “Nile Palace” on Hoylake Road.
Harvest Court proved to be an excellent venue as the two rooms used were perfect for one as the disco, and one as the “quieter” lounge for some of us older ones! For Cllr. Chris Blakeley’s information despite there being 26 prizes, for once I didn’t win the draw.
The leavers had a very good night albeit a few got a bit tearful, but understandable as they have been at the school for eight years.
A fantastic evening, thoroughly enjoyed, and a big thank you to Diane Brunsden and the school’s PTA for the organisation.
Today, with Esther McVey MP and Cllr. Sue Taylor I attended the homecoming and medal presentation of the 75 Engineers Regiment based at Harrowby Road, Birkenhead. They marched to Hamilton Square and were then presented with medals by Wirral’s Mayor, Cllr Moira McLaughlin, in the presence of the Lord Lieutenent of Merseyside, Dame Lorna Muirhead.
The day started well for me as I was handed a recruitment leaflet with the heading “Aged between 17½ and 43?” I wish!
After the presentation we were given a talk and slideshow showing some of the tasks that the soldiers had done on their tour. It made me feel very proud and in awe of them particularly as these are all volunteers. The regiment is part of the Territorial Army 107 Field Squadron.