A petition was received titled
‘Proposed cut of 31.31 posts and a reduction of services by
Hastings Borough Council.’
Wendy Goodliffe the lead
petitioner spoke on behalf of the petitioners:
The petitioners are aware of the difficult decisions
The petitioners believe that the cuts seem to be
short term fixes, with not much thought put into the future needs
of the council.
The petitioner stated that that not only will staff
feel the effect of these cuts but will also impact on
The petitioner believes all staff will be affected
directly if not indirectly and worries about the mental health of
the staff affected.
The petitioner also mentioned the errors within the
process which have caused severe impact on staff, from people being
told they are not at risk to later finding out they are, and vice
The petitioners are not blaming any specific area
for this but hope that the council can learn from the mistakes
Councillors thanked the
petitioner for speaking. Councillors responded by saying that due
to the extent of the cuts, unfortunately services may be made
poorer, but they are savings that need to be made. The Councillors
said they would take on the considerations that the petition has
brought forward and will work to make the process better in the
future. Councillors also wanted to make it clear they are deeply
saddened by the staff savings that have had to be made and
understand how difficult this is for all staff involved.
Councillor Sinden, the Right
Worshipful Mayor, proposed a motion, seconded by Councillor Beaver,
and agreed unanimously as follows:
RESOLVED that in order for Councillors to take advice from the
Assistant Director, Financial Services and Revenues, and other
officers, under Rule 16(14) of council procedure the council
proceed as if in committee.
Councillor Chowney, Leader of the Council,
proposed a motion, seconded by Councillor Forward, that
recommendations as set out in minute 241 of the Cabinet meeting on
the 10th February 2020 ‘Revenue Budget 2019/20
Revised and 2020/21, plus Capital Programme 2020/21 -
2022/23’ be approved.
Councillor Lee, the Leader of
the Opposition, proposed four amendments to the budget. Amendments
1 and 2 were seconded by Councillor Patmore. Amendments 3 and 4
were seconded by Councillor Beaver.
Amendment 1 –
supports, in principle, a move to all out elections from 2024
onwards. Full Council to receive a report setting out the issues
and a timetable at their next meeting.”
This is because the Council
currently runs a two-year election cycle, and there could be
savings made by moving to a four-yearly cycle.”
Amendment 2 –
“This Council reduces Councillor Basic Responsibility
Allowances by 2% and freezes all Councillor Responsibility
Allowances for 2020/21
This is in order to show
solidarity with the staff savings currently being made”
Amendment 3 –
“This Council moves the Community Contact Centre to Muriel
Matters House from the Town Hall and that an ...
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