Call is made for fewer councillors in Bradford district

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Keighley town councillor Judith Brooksbank, has suggested a cut in the number of councillors Keighley town councillor Judith Brooksbank, has suggested a cut in the number of councillors

There are calls for the number of councillors in the district to be cut by a third to save money from Bradford Council’s annual budget.

Keighley’s deputy mayor is among those who have suggested Bradford Council could save £390,000 a year by cutting the number of district councillors from 90 to 60.

The proposal would reduce the number of councillors in each of the district’s 30 wards from three to two.

The basic allowance for all 90 councillors is £13,042, but there are additional allowances for travel, subsistence, cars, hotels and special responsibilities.

Town councillor Judith Brooksbank, Keighley’s deputy mayor, said the idea of reducing the number of councillors received strong support at a consultation meeting in Keighley’s Central Hall to discuss Bradford Council’s budget.

Coun Brooksbank said: “I don’t doubt there are plenty of hard-working councillors in the district, but how many people are we paying who are just coasting along and not looking after their ward?

“It’s concerning that the Council are planning to no longer provide social care to disabled people who cannot carry out basic tasks such as getting out of bed, washing and dressing without assistance. They should look at their own income first.”

Councillor Geoff Reid (Liberal Democrat, Eccleshill) said: “Within the Liberal Democrat group, there’s a strong feeling in favour of the case for moving from three to two for each ward.”

But Coun Reid said the whole issue needed to be looked at, because a reduction in councillors would increase the workload of those remaining.

Councillor Dave Green, leader of Bradford Council, said “One issue is whether the actual savings would overcome the representational issue it would cause. I know that different wards have different types of workload. The councillors I know from all parties are all extremely busy doing their ward work.

“It’s not a simple argument to say that you cut the number of councillors by a third and automatically save a third of the amount of money.”

Comments (11)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

9:15am Mon 9 Dec 13

Cooperlane2 says...

Turkeys don't vote for christmas
Turkeys don't vote for christmas Cooperlane2

9:15am Mon 9 Dec 13

collos25 says...

Workloads what a joke its money for nothing compared with many real jobs and the man who made this statement is a complete waste of space,
Workloads what a joke its money for nothing compared with many real jobs and the man who made this statement is a complete waste of space, collos25

9:16am Mon 9 Dec 13

Joedavid says...

Could be a good idea.
What about cutting Mayors, did not realise we had more than one Mayor and deputy.
Could be a good idea. What about cutting Mayors, did not realise we had more than one Mayor and deputy. Joedavid

9:23am Mon 9 Dec 13

BertSanders says...

It would improve decision making - 60 should be a maximum.
It would improve decision making - 60 should be a maximum. BertSanders

9:50am Mon 9 Dec 13

Thee Voice of Reason says...

David Green has had this mentioned to him several times. Problem is they want the gravy train to keep on rolling. As said above Turkey's won't vote for Christmas. Why would they reduce their councillor numbers when it's easier for them to simply sack hundreds from elsewhere.

Someone said the staff levels at the council have reduced by 20% due to cuts, yet 90 councillors appears ringfenced.
David Green has had this mentioned to him several times. Problem is they want the gravy train to keep on rolling. As said above Turkey's won't vote for Christmas. Why would they reduce their councillor numbers when it's easier for them to simply sack hundreds from elsewhere. Someone said the staff levels at the council have reduced by 20% due to cuts, yet 90 councillors appears ringfenced. Thee Voice of Reason

9:52am Mon 9 Dec 13

alive and awake says...

Less quantity, better quality, simples.
Less quantity, better quality, simples. alive and awake

10:37am Mon 9 Dec 13

yezboss says...

I could never understand why we need 90 which amounts to about 3 per ward I think it is. ONE would suffice.
The council keeping bleating on about Government cuts in grants which they quote quantify to about £136 per head as opposed to say £8 per head in Wokingham. (alleging a Tory bias) What they don't tell you (because the truth hurts their cause) is the grants to Bradford were far higher than those to other such areas they try to compare with. Cllr Green &Co - tell the truth.
And yes, there are some hard working Cllrs but some are a total wasted space.
Those cuts they say have to be targeted at service and staff, (some 700 jobs in the next 2 years!) BUT they conveniently omit saying anything about cuts to themselves.
I'll vote for it.
I could never understand why we need 90 which amounts to about 3 per ward I think it is. ONE would suffice. The council keeping bleating on about Government cuts in grants which they quote quantify to about £136 per head as opposed to say £8 per head in Wokingham. (alleging a Tory bias) What they don't tell you (because the truth hurts their cause) is the grants to Bradford were far higher than those to other such areas they try to compare with. Cllr Green &Co - tell the truth. And yes, there are some hard working Cllrs but some are a total wasted space. Those cuts they say have to be targeted at service and staff, (some 700 jobs in the next 2 years!) BUT they conveniently omit saying anything about cuts to themselves. I'll vote for it. yezboss

10:51am Mon 9 Dec 13

Prisoner Cell Block A says...

It’s not a simple argument to say that you cut the number of councillors by a third and automatically save a third of the amount of money.”

Funny but that isn't what is said when frontline jobs are going......

You could actually do away with councillors altogether and force MPs to take the strain, they already have incumbent staff, doing very similar tasks to councillors anyway.
It’s not a simple argument to say that you cut the number of councillors by a third and automatically save a third of the amount of money.” Funny but that isn't what is said when frontline jobs are going...... You could actually do away with councillors altogether and force MPs to take the strain, they already have incumbent staff, doing very similar tasks to councillors anyway. Prisoner Cell Block A

11:23am Mon 9 Dec 13

Bacon Bantam says...

Cllr Green will cut jobs and cut things like youth services, but at the same time has not reduced the payments to the union reps at the council, sacked a diversity officer or looked at cutting councillors.

It really shows you where their priorities lie. Cutting services that many depend on to say the big bad government are forcing them to whilst keeping their bed fellows happy with union funding.
Cllr Green will cut jobs and cut things like youth services, but at the same time has not reduced the payments to the union reps at the council, sacked a diversity officer or looked at cutting councillors. It really shows you where their priorities lie. Cutting services that many depend on to say the big bad government are forcing them to whilst keeping their bed fellows happy with union funding. Bacon Bantam

4:17pm Mon 9 Dec 13

bd7 helper says...

What do these people actually do
What do these people actually do bd7 helper

5:02pm Mon 9 Dec 13

bobbyo says...

Get shut of the lot, mp,s are getting a 16% pay increase! Make them work for it.
Get shut of the lot, mp,s are getting a 16% pay increase! Make them work for it. bobbyo

Comments are closed on this article.

click2find

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree