On January 21st the Labour Cabinet meet to discuss the budget for the coming year. As well as a proposed increase of almost 4% in council tax they are looking at a range of money saving measures.
Amongst these are two moves which breaks one of their main promises prior to the Council elections - the introduction of fortnightly collections for non food waste, and a charge for bulk waste collections..
In their manifesto they claimed:
Unlike opposition controlled Councils, a Labour controlled RCT will commit to continue
weekly black bag collections alongside its recycling measures.
If re-elected Labour will continue its policy of maintaining zero charges for bulky
In the Labour 'Herald' which was widely distributed they said
"Labour candidates in every community across RCT have confirmed that our weekly refuse collection remains protected no matter how harsh the cuts from the CONDEM Government."
Yet as we saw with the paddling pool Labour promises really are not worth the paper they are written on.
Of course the Cabinet could surprise us all by rejecting these proposals and coming up with some ideas of their own as to how they can balance the books, but given that they have already released comment to the press, blaming it all on the coalition Government of course, that seems unlikely