Councillors Misinforming Public -Purdah, while leafleting in Whitehaven. One Councillor even claimed that Purdah doesn't apply to a Referendum. Maybe they should check this CBC Document - or do they prefer to ignore the inconvenient truth?
Their leaflet informed the public that the role of Elected Mayor would be more expensive than the current, dysfunctional, dictatorial system. We've corrected their leaflet - check it out here.
Is an Elected Mayor more expensive?
Cllr Woodburn: £28,500 (est) per year
Chief Executive: £110,000 per year
COMBINED COST: £138,500
Elected Mayor, in a merged role with the Chief Executive: £60,000 (est).
A SAVING OF £78,500 - YEAR ON YEAR.
PROOF OF FACTUAL INFORMATION:
What does the government say?Eric Pickles, MP:
Where you have Chief Executives and Elected leaders responsible for the same thing, it’s both expensive and pointless.A few days ago, I posted a challenge to our elected Councillors to prove factual evidence that the role would be more expensive. There has been no reply. Why is this?
Failures Continue From Copeland Borough Council!In 2007, Cllr Elaine Woodburn Said:
“I think for all councils there needed to be a change that moved away from that age where things were done and agreed behind closed doors. I still think it is taking time to break down some of those barriers, but we have taken huge strides in the right direction."
“I know from where we were when I started now we have moved a massive amount. Ninety-nine per cent of what we do is in the open, now we have to do something to make ourselves even more accessible to the public.”
“I’ll be here for as long as the members want me to be. It’s up to them to decide when I’ll go. But it is a four-year appointment these days and I don’t like doing half a job. I firmly believe that we are moving in the right direction and that, for the next three years at least, I am the right person to take us forward.”In 2009, two years after Cllr Woodburns comments, Government Inspectors were sent in to investigate why CBC was failing – this contradicts her assertion, that she was the right person for the job.
The Fact In Relation To Budget CutsIn 2009, when Government Inspectors were sent in to Copeland Borough Council due to failings, the Coalition wasn't in power. It was Labour. The simple fact is: Copeland Borough Council will continue to fail, while under the current leadership, no matter which government rule over the land.
The public KNOW that CBC IS A FAILURE. The only way to change, is to vote for a Directly Elected Mayor on May 22nd, in the Copeland Referendum. This will change the way CBC is run, leaving the door open for a business orientated individual to pull the borough out the the mess that we find ourselves in.