Welsh Liberal Democrats in RCT have labelled a letter sent out by the leader of the Council regarding possible redundancies as "misleading political grandstanding."
Leader Anthony Christopher sent a letter to all 18,000 Council employees informing them that compulsory redundancies amongst staff could not be ruled out as the Council attempts to balance its budget, and blaming the UK government for the situation.
Councillor Mike Powell says the Labour party should start looking for solutions rather than playing the political blame game
"Week after week we hear the same tired old message from this tired administration. They conveniently forget that Local Government is devolved and that their money comes from the Welsh Labour Government.
In 2008 then leader Russell Roberts wrote to the Local Government Minister stating
'The totally inadequate level of Assembly support has now forced us into reviewing service provision and fees and charging arrangements. The council's strong financial stability will not be comprised, which will ensure we maintain our core services that are being given short shrift by the politicians in Cardiff Bay.'
"So how come in 2008 with a Labour Government at Westminster the fault lay with the Assembly and now the fault has switched to Westminster? Some may say it smacks of a certain hypocrisy.
"If this Council weren't so keen on paying out massive bonuses to staff who were persuaded to go via a voluntary redundancy route they would have more to spend on wages. In the eighteen months up to January 2013 they handed out over one and a half million in extra discretionary payments to staff, this on top of already generous redundancy and pension settlements.
"They run a public relations and strategy department that costs over a million pounds a year in staff alone and which appears to spend much of its time on putting out Labour propaganda. They created a new Chief Officer post to run this department.
"They have failed to make expected savings on ventures such as the change to fortnightly refuse collection because it was ill thought out and they have had to rely too much on agency staff. In fact the use of agency staff and consultants throughout the Authority has incurred huge costs over many years - costs which have not been fully disclosed.
"The list of waste goes on, and the cutbacks always seem to fall on front line services rather than management or anything that affects their ability to indulge in self-promotion. To treat their staff in this way is disgusting, this letter just engenders uncertainty and is nothing short of political propaganda. To make it worse it is propaganda that taxpayers' money is paying for - some of those taxpayers the very people they are threatening to make redundant. If the Labour party want to make political statements then they should fund it themselves. "
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