Time for Calderdale Council to draw a line under Trade Union subsidy

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Mill Bank

Sowerby Bridge

People of all political persuasions would surely agree that it cannot be right for a local authority to be cutting library resources by £250,000 at exactly the same time as committing the same amount to allow union officials the time to work on behalf of it’s own employees.

This though is the decision taken recently by Calderdale Council in approving its budget for 2011/12, a budget that also included charges for elderly care rising by 33 per cent, charges for leisure facilities rising by 25 per cent, and charges for car parking rising by 20 per cent. It is clearly unreasonable for the cost of a union official’s time to be a burden on the tax payer. The priority of the Council has to be its residents, not its employees.

Samuel Stafford

Conservative Candidate in Greetland & Stainland