Today’s Cabinet meeting looks to be an interesting affair!
There are a number of publically available reports being ‘considered’ which relate to the financial position of the council. However, a document unwittingly leaked to Mr Monkey reveals a very different picture to the one being spun by the council’s senior officers and the Labour leadership, especially when it comes to the true state of the council’s finances.
Mr Monkey can reveal that the council has once again massively overspent it’s budget and that as a result of this latest failure to manage the borough’s finaces the future looks very bleak, especially if you are an employee of the council or a resident of the borough.
Whatever the spin Iain Malcolm and Irene Lucas puts on this financial disaster, the facts are that there will be some drastic cost cutting measures. These are likley to include; further increases in ‘optional’ charges, scaling down of front line services, suspension of non essential services, the sell off of more publicly owned assets such as school playing fields and buildings, a freeze on recruitment and redundancies amongst council employees.
Residents can also look forward to a whooping increase in the community charge bills of at least 5% in 2009.
There’s no local election in 2009 so Iain Malcolm won’t worry about losing power and hope’s he can ride out the storm by the 2010 elections.
Mr Monkey predicts that in 2010 Labour will bribe the electorate with another headline grabbing artificially low increase in the community charge in a desperate attempt to hold on to power. The bribe will be paid for by allowing officers to ‘secrtely’ borrow millions behind the scenes.
Mr Monkey has learned that Iain Malcolm is so concerned about the political fallout and negative impact this will have on his leadership, that he has called an emergency meeting the Labour group immediately after today’s Cabinet meeting.
Apparently the meeting is to discuss how Labour are going to get out of this one without getting covered in shit.
Mr Monkey is so looking forward to hearing Iain Malcolm squirm later today!