Conservative Values in Action

As we turn to the New Year and look forward to the political battles ahead, at both Suffolk County Council and Forest Heath District Council the challenges are about keeping the focus on protecting Front Line Services and holding the back office to account to find new ways of working to reduce costs.

A recent set of national polling said that if there were to be more money in the system what people would want it spent on, the top three would be 1. A cut in income tax 2. A cut in VAT and 3. A cut in Council tax. So our promise and focus on protecting people’s hard earned money by not putting up the Council tax remains a clear priority as we balance what we have to spend on services and what we have to save.

Over the course of the next 6 weeks Councillors across the country and at #suffolkcc and #forestheathdc in particular will be debating the final budget proposals for the coming year and through these very complex discussions I will hold these simply principles to be my guide.

Conservative believe in protecting front line services, in ever smaller councils with low overhead expert at commissioning services from the private and voluntary sectors and are in the business of shaping and developing markets and services to serve the communities who elected us and protect the most vulnerable in our communities. Thus it also means we have no time for the greater glorification of a Council employing every more people which in my experience means doing ever less, costing ever more. You only have to go back to the last time Labour and the Liberals were in power in Suffolk to see that, the council tax rises and numbers of employees was truly shocking.

As a Conservative I also believe the very best way to protect people to empower them to spend their own money as they see fit not take it off them to provide them with services they are perfectly capable of providing for themselves and to provide services to those who need our support. There are caveats to this such as universal services on our roads, in transport and waste, things that you need actual authorities to manage.

So should be an interesting few weeks.

About askcolinnoble
I'm a Conservative politician-lite, I dabble a bit in Party Politics with my main focus of working hard and being a strong voice for my community making sure local government delivers quality services and fellow residents get value for money for their hard earned money they pay in Council tax | Where this Gravatar appears and I am expressing my views or liking something I do so in a personal capacity and does not necessarily reflect the views or policies of Suffolk County Council, Forest Heath District Council, the Conservative Party or come to think of it anyone else | But having said the above at an election time and to stay legal, anything I write is promoted by Lance Stanbury on behalf of Colin Noble, both at West Suffolk Conservative Association, Park Farm Cottage, Fordham St. Genevieve, BurySt. Edmunds, Suffolk IP28 6TS

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