Keighley deputy mayor's call to cut Bradford council by 30 seats

Keighley News: Judith Brooksbank Judith Brooksbank

Keighley’s deputy mayor has suggested Bradford Council could save £390,000 by cutting the number of district councillors from 90 to 60.

Town councillor Judith Brooksbank was reporting back on consultations she attended to discuss Bradford Council’s budget.

The meeting was in Keighley’s Central Hall, Alice Street.

Speaking at the final full town council meeting for 2013 last Thursday, Coun Brooksbank explained: “I said they could cut down one councillor from each of their 30 wards to save this money.

“A show of hands was asked for to see how many people thought it was a good idea and everyone put their hand up.”

She added she had also expressed her opposition to what she said were district council plans to no longer provide social care to disabled people who cannot carry out basic tasks such as getting out of bed, washing and dressing without assistance.

“I said this was a false economy because if you’re not looking after people properly and they are stuck in bed then they’ll get bedsores, those sores will get infected and they will have to go to hospital,” she said.

Town councillor John Philip said he was worried about the impact on provision for young people in his ward, following a meeting he had with representatives from Bradford Council Youth Service.

“Their budget is being cut by so much that it will mean they’ll only have two youth workers in the whole of Keighley constituency – which includes Ilkley,” he warned.

He said this meant activities being laid on to keep young people in Braithwaite and Guard House off the streets were at risk of being axed.

At the end of October, Bradford Council’s leader revealed the authority will be forced to slash £89 million from its budget and axe almost 700 jobs amid major government funding cuts over the next two financial years.

Councillor David Green blamed the government cuts for forcing the council’s hand, saying it was “impossible” to make the savings needed without affecting front-line services.

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3:22pm Sat 14 Dec 13

GAMEKEEPER1809 says...

David Green passed comment that they have had their hand forced to make these cuts, yet they are happy to spend £1.2m on decorating office suites, that few members of the public have access to, £1.2m on a water turbine in Saltaire, which will then have a repeat figure within 10 years to power 120 homes. Bradford Met. (BMDC) are sitting on £90m of artworks, the majority of which cannot be seen by the public.

BMDC really are one sick joke of a council. If they where in the private sector, they would have been bankrupt a long time ago.
David Green passed comment that they have had their hand forced to make these cuts, yet they are happy to spend £1.2m on decorating office suites, that few members of the public have access to, £1.2m on a water turbine in Saltaire, which will then have a repeat figure within 10 years to power 120 homes. Bradford Met. (BMDC) are sitting on £90m of artworks, the majority of which cannot be seen by the public. BMDC really are one sick joke of a council. If they where in the private sector, they would have been bankrupt a long time ago. GAMEKEEPER1809

4:32pm Sun 15 Dec 13

Stevo54 says...

I cant believe Cllr Brooksbank has the brass neck to call out excessive headcount at Bradford council when she has been party to the biggest squandering of precept payers money in Keighleys history with the civic centre debacle.
I cant believe Cllr Brooksbank has the brass neck to call out excessive headcount at Bradford council when she has been party to the biggest squandering of precept payers money in Keighleys history with the civic centre debacle. Stevo54

9:17am Mon 16 Dec 13

MarkPullen says...

I have no knowledge of Cllr Brooksbank apart from what I read online but I really think that she would be well advised to provide a more becoming photo and request its use by the media.

Maybe I'm being shallow.

Apologies if I've offended - it wasn't my intention.
I have no knowledge of Cllr Brooksbank apart from what I read online but I really think that she would be well advised to provide a more becoming photo and request its use by the media. Maybe I'm being shallow. Apologies if I've offended - it wasn't my intention. MarkPullen

7:08pm Thu 19 Dec 13

Elizabeth Mitchell says...

Cllr Brooksbank why did the Keighley Town Council waste money by employing someone as a 'shop keeper/museum attendant' when the takings didn't even cover the amount he was paid. Funnily enough his pay didn't go through payroll either. His job wasn't even advertised. The takings were just scribbled on pieces of paper and all of this forms part of the objections to the accounts lodged with the external auditors. You weren't so vocal then were you councillor Brooksbank. I wonder why?
Cllr Brooksbank why did the Keighley Town Council waste money by employing someone as a 'shop keeper/museum attendant' when the takings didn't even cover the amount he was paid. Funnily enough his pay didn't go through payroll either. His job wasn't even advertised. The takings were just scribbled on pieces of paper and all of this forms part of the objections to the accounts lodged with the external auditors. You weren't so vocal then were you councillor Brooksbank. I wonder why? Elizabeth Mitchell

9:43pm Thu 19 Dec 13

Ian-Holt Roberts says...

Elizabeth Mitchell wrote:
Cllr Brooksbank why did the Keighley Town Council waste money by employing someone as a 'shop keeper/museum attendant' when the takings didn't even cover the amount he was paid. Funnily enough his pay didn't go through payroll either. His job wasn't even advertised. The takings were just scribbled on pieces of paper and all of this forms part of the objections to the accounts lodged with the external auditors. You weren't so vocal then were you councillor Brooksbank. I wonder why?
If memory serves me correctly his name was also Brooksbank.
[quote][p][bold]Elizabeth Mitchell[/bold] wrote: Cllr Brooksbank why did the Keighley Town Council waste money by employing someone as a 'shop keeper/museum attendant' when the takings didn't even cover the amount he was paid. Funnily enough his pay didn't go through payroll either. His job wasn't even advertised. The takings were just scribbled on pieces of paper and all of this forms part of the objections to the accounts lodged with the external auditors. You weren't so vocal then were you councillor Brooksbank. I wonder why?[/p][/quote]If memory serves me correctly his name was also Brooksbank. Ian-Holt Roberts

9:46pm Thu 19 Dec 13

Ian-Holt Roberts says...

Elizabeth Mitchell wrote:
Cllr Brooksbank why did the Keighley Town Council waste money by employing someone as a 'shop keeper/museum attendant' when the takings didn't even cover the amount he was paid. Funnily enough his pay didn't go through payroll either. His job wasn't even advertised. The takings were just scribbled on pieces of paper and all of this forms part of the objections to the accounts lodged with the external auditors. You weren't so vocal then were you councillor Brooksbank. I wonder why?
If memory serves me correctly his name was also Brooksbank.
[quote][p][bold]Elizabeth Mitchell[/bold] wrote: Cllr Brooksbank why did the Keighley Town Council waste money by employing someone as a 'shop keeper/museum attendant' when the takings didn't even cover the amount he was paid. Funnily enough his pay didn't go through payroll either. His job wasn't even advertised. The takings were just scribbled on pieces of paper and all of this forms part of the objections to the accounts lodged with the external auditors. You weren't so vocal then were you councillor Brooksbank. I wonder why?[/p][/quote]If memory serves me correctly his name was also Brooksbank. Ian-Holt Roberts

9:02am Fri 20 Dec 13

Always a 708 Skinhead says...

I suggest councillor Brooksbank focuses her attentions on the financial crisis of her own council instead of looking elsewhere.
Simply ignoring the problem and hoping it will go away is in no way acting in the Public's Best Interests.
I suggest councillor Brooksbank focuses her attentions on the financial crisis of her own council instead of looking elsewhere. Simply ignoring the problem and hoping it will go away is in no way acting in the Public's Best Interests. Always a 708 Skinhead

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