WHAT DO YOU THINK OF OUR “IMPROVEMENT OBJECTIVES” ? – ASKS VALE COUNCIL

The Vale of Glamrogan Council is setting out its "improvement objectives" for 2016/17 - a year it was never elected to serve

The Vale of Glamorgan Council is asking for feed-back on its so-called  “improvement objectives” for 2016/17 – a year it was never elected to serve.

The Labour-run Vale of Glamorgan Council has unveiled what it describes as its proposed  “improvement objectives” for the next 12 months  – a year which will be the heavily-criticised administration’s final year in office prior to the May 2017 council elections.

As far as most electors are concerned, the Vale Council should have been facing re-election next month (May 2016)  – having been elected in 2012 for what would normally have been a four-year term of office.

Voters went to the polls in 2012 to elect an administration to run the Vale for four years .

Voters went to the polls in 2012 to elect an administration to run the Vale for four years . The period of office was extended by the Welsh Labour Government to five years

The Vale Labour administration’s term of office was, however, arbitrarily extended by the Welsh Government for an extra year because of the possibility of local authority mergers – which, in fact, have yet to take place.

This leaves the Vale Council in a position where it has the legal right to continue in office for a further 12 months, but has no actual public mandate to do so. That’s because when Vale voters went to the polls in 2012, it was on the basis of the council being elected for 4 years – not 5.  

The Vale Council has set out its objectives for the coming year as :-

  • “Reducing poverty and social exclusion”
  • Promoting regeneration, economic growth and employment”
  • Raising overall standards of achievement”
  • Encouraging and promoting active and healthy lifestyles
  • Delivering” what the council calls its “transformational programme ‘Reshaping Services'” [a council term which means cutting services ] “to meet the future needs of citizens of the Vale of Glamorgan, within the context of unprecedented financial challenges”. 

There is no mention in the 2016/17 “objectives” of any ambition to reduce Council Tax.

Anyone can tell the council what they think of  these proposed  “improvement objectives” by writing to the council, emailing or phoning in. The deadline for responses is tomorrow  April 8th 2016.

A word of warning though for those considering telephoning the council. There is long recorded message to listen to before reaching an operator, and today the operator had never heard of any such public consultation.

Vale Council Phone Number: 01446 700111

EMail :  consultation@valeofglamorgan.gov.uk

Address: Freepost RTGU-JGBH-YYJZ,Consultation Corporate and Customer Services,The Vale of Glamorgan Council,Civic Offices,Holton Road,Barry, CF63 4RU

 

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3 Responses to WHAT DO YOU THINK OF OUR “IMPROVEMENT OBJECTIVES” ? – ASKS VALE COUNCIL

  1. David Davis says:

    Why bother voting at all???? after all the general public ‘only’ pay the wages of these self important people, but apart from that the elected or in this case none elected can do what they like with the peoples money. Despite the Welsh Assembly giving these people an ‘extra year’ it is undemocratic , as for legal , legal by what yardstick,? . I think I may go and sit on the Council for a year and get paid by other people, no im not standing for election as I don’t need to for a year. I too can behave undemocratic as in this case . But maybe i’m being too harsh?? let these people carry on in office unelected for another year, but let them do it with a reduction in salary or for nothing.

  2. Frank Evans says:

    The biggest improvement would be not to raise council tax by 300% the rate of inflation year in year out. Also did you hear the WAG want to do an all Wales house revaluation again! GET READY PENARTH FOR MASSIVE INCREASES IF LABOUR ARE RE-ELELECTED

  3. Kevin Mahoney says:

    Reducing poverty and social exclusion”

    Well of course, that is the point and aspiration of any government local, or national organisation. It’s just meaningless words put out by politicos.

    “Promoting regeneration, economic growth and employment”

    Well of course, that is the point and aspiration of any government local, or national organisation. It’s just meaningless words put out by politicos.

    “Raising overall standards of achievement”

    Well of course, that is the point and aspiration of any government, local or national organisation. It’s just meaningless words put out by politicos.

    “Encouraging and promoting active and healthy lifestyles“

    Well of course, that is the point and aspiration of any government, local or national organisation. It’s just meaningless words put out by politicos.

    “Delivering” what the council calls its “transformational programme ‘Reshaping Services’” [a council term which means cutting services ] “to meet the future needs of citizens of the Vale of Glamorgan, within the context of unprecedented financial challenges”.

    As the article has already highlighted it is council speak for chopping services just like they ‘reshaped the library service’

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