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Politics in the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead

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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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Delivering our 2011 Manifesto (Finance)

Posted by davidburbage on April 10, 2015

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If the Royal Borough’s administration is known for anything, it’s for cutting the cost of Government by reducing council tax. We’ve had national platforms to talk about this (above, at the Conservative Party Conference with former Hammersmith and Fulham leader Stephen Greenhalgh).

Aim to limit Council Tax rises, at or below the rate of inflation, without cutting services

Council tax has been cut each year, services continue

Increase alternative income streams

Rent being received into public hands from York Road flats, and other streams have increased

Share more back office services with other councils to improve efficiency

We now share legal, building control, internal audit and adoption services with other authorities – there are many more in the longer list!

Complete lean management initiatives, continuously improving our business processes

Improved revenue and benefits processes, post room improvements and technology application in libraries have all made things more efficient

 

Continue with tight controls on benefit fraud to ensure a fair deal for residents

Prominent benefit fraud cases prove our commitment

Support local Credit Unions to allow local people to avoid door to door loan sharks

We’ve supported Berkshire Credit Union and improved local access

Use the council’s property portfolio to assist redevelopment and service improvement

Proposals at Ray Mill Road East, in the town centre and in Windsor are all being used

Ensure top quality customer service centre facilities for residents access in person, by phone, email and online chat facilities

Done

Seek to avoid increases in fees and charges, especially for unsubsidised services

Done

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