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    David Burbage MBE was Leader of the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead Council from 2007-2016. This blog : Promoted by Geoff Hill on behalf of David Burbage and all other Windsor and Maidenhead Conservative candidates, all of 2 Castle End Farm, Ruscombe, Berkshire RG10 9XQ
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Stephen Greenhalgh makes final budget speech

Posted by davidburbage on March 1, 2012

Whilst I’m on riots and taxation, this part of the Greenhalgh farewell was particularly interesting :

Last summer we were surrounded by a ring of riots in Ealing, Brent, Notting Hill and Clapham.
Yet H&F clocked up only 10 offences whereas Ealing suffered 300 crimes.
And for that I pay tribute to the Borough Commander and the local police for keeping our streets safe Anti-social behaviour on our council estates is being challenged.
We have taken active steps to evict the worst tenants and roll out CCTV on our estates.

In his last budget speech he says “we are no longer alone” and mentions Windsor and Maidenhead amongst others.

And I’d far rather be a politician announcing a 3.75% cut to Council Tax, than a politician announcing a 3.49% increase….. we will see whose is the wiser course of action in the weeks and years to come.

Two years ago we cut Council Tax by 4%. A commenter posted “this is all very well but let’s see if they can keep it up for four years”.  Well, H&F have done so five times out of six, and we’re on three in a row. So it is possible, and what is more, services actually get better as the business focusses on efficiency to residents – not just job protection for any under-utilised officials. We’re finding the same.

The overall resident satisfaction score for council services was average for London and 203rd in the country. H&F’s value for money rating was shockingly bad: 363rd out of 387 local authorities. It was this Conservative administration that took control of the council’s finances and got a grip after 20 years of Labour mismanagement and waste. After only two years of Conservative control, H&F’s score for overall council satisfaction score rose to 9th and 10th for value for money in the country.

Cllr Greenhalgh certainly led the way and has transformed the taxation debate in Hammersmith and Fulham, and to an increasing extent, across the country.

Good for Stephen. I hope we’ll hear more from him.

[photo credit : Con Home, linked above]


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