It was a simple promise when in its 2011 Local Election manifesto Labour in York said they ‘will make consultation genuine’, however predictably it is one they have not lived up to. In fact ‘not lived up to’ is one greatest understatements since Liam Bryne said there was ‘no money left’, the Labour councillors running York have taken ignoring residents’ wishes to new levels.
The latest low has seen Labour councillor Lynn Jeffries resign from the party, in part due to anger at their spending choices, but mainly due to the way that decisions are made by the leader Cllr James Alexander and his deputy Cllr Tracey Simpson-Laing with no opportunities to discuss issues amongst Labour members……and certainly not amongst residents!
One such example was the decision to cut care of moderate need adults, where the decision was in reality taken by Alexander and Simpson-Laing long before the supposed consultation. In that public ‘consultation’, even the council’s own report admitted 200 people had the wrong survey, some questions were impossible to answer and the key question alleging residents supported the cut was terribly worded to imply not cutting care to those with moderate needs would necessitate cuts to
those with higher care needs.