Over 200 barmy ideas for cutting council budgets will today be proposed by the hard-right pressure group the Taxpayers' Alliance.
Over 200 barmy ideas for cutting council budgets will today be proposed by the hard-right pressure group the Taxpayers’ Alliance, including telling cash-strapped councils to refrain from cutting grass in parks and instead allow cattle to graze to save money.
In a report proposing drastic cuts to council budgets, the Taxpayers’ Alliance is also urging councils to introduce a maximum word legth for reports submitted by council officers and to allow council tenants to carry out their own repairs.
Councils should also publish corporate credit card use online in real-time, to “allow armchair auditors help cut out wasteful and frivolous spending,” the report says.
The report also recommends getting rid of political advisers and ‘climate change officers’.
Political director of the TaxPayers’ Alliance Jonathan Isaby said there were “literally hundreds of ways in which local authorities can save money before even thinking about increasing the council tax”.
Unite national officer for local government Fiona Farmer said the credibility of the Taxpayers’ Alliance should be “seriously questioned when ideas taken from medieval times, such as grazing sheep, are wheeled out in its endless quest for publicity”.
“Has the alliance worked out how much it is going to cost to buy these animals and pay the substantial veterinary bills? The prospect we face is hundreds of these animals freely roaming around minicipal parks ignoring health and safety considerations when children are playing – and being a prime target for urban rustlers,” Ms Farmer said.
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