AS PORTSMOUTH City Council’s Tory administration decided yesterday to go ahead with it’s plan to cut £9m from council spending, other parties unveiled alternative spending plans.
The Lib Dems said they would save £201,000 through axing six council posts, reducing the number of ‘HR business partners’ and cutting the number of director PAs.
The party would have re-introduced the MB and MC parking zones, each generating yearly income of £49,000 and £98,000 respectively.
A ‘hidden’ £11,000 cut to the Portsmouth Area Rape Crisis service would be reversed.
Labour proposed cutting the basic councillor allowance by £80,000, the special responsibility allowance by £20,000 and reducing the number of cabinet members from nine to seven. It proposed moving to four-yearly elections, reducing management overheads by going ‘paperless’, and working with neighbouring councils to share costs.
Ukip called for smartphone technology to be used to check up that contractors have carried out scheduled works to stop costs being paid out without proof.
The party also called for the council to come together with the voluntary and community sector ‘as a means to identify opportunities for co-located and integrated working’.
Ukip’s ideas were endorsed by the Tories.