Councillors clash over Labour's 'failings'By Jennie Slevin
January 17, 2013
The deputy leader of Bracknell council hit out against the former Labour Government claiming it ‘sold us down the river’.
During a meeting discussing the reforms on council tax Councillor Dale Birch said: “This country has no money and we need to remind ourselves of who put us in that position.
“Labour say they want to raise benefits.
“That is an absolute travesty and that is why the country is in the mess it is and it’s not fair.”
Under the new arrangement, local authorities will manage council tax benefits for residents once the national scheme is scrapped in April.
Cllr Birch added: “We need to bring in now, a system that is fair and we are going to make sure whatever system we bring in will reward people for being in work.
“We need to make sure that it’s better to be in work than on benefits and that those who are working are properly recognised.”
Arguing against his comments, Councillor Mary Temperton, leader of the Bracknell Labour party said: “The word ‘benefits’ is not blasphemous.
“Most of those on benefits are in work but in low paid, temporary or part-time work.
“All would want to live on a wage that would enable them to live without having to claim benefits.
“Most are strivers not scroungers.”
The councillors clashed during an executive committee meeting on Tuesday, January 8.
The full council will be asked to vote on the council tax reforms next Wednesday (January 23).