Work: decision a relief, but the advice needs to improve
LABOR advisers have welcomed Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick’s decision not to abolish York City Council – but warn the way the city is governed needs to improve.
Reacting to the decision tonight, Labor Group leader Cllr Pete Kilbane said: ‘Whatever the ills of this council and the way it has been run in recent years, the fact that decisions affecting the residents of York are taken in York makes him more democratically accountable.
“We do not know what influenced the thinking of the government, but it may have chosen the simpler option and the one that represented the least upheaval.
“We think this is the right decision for the residents, but things need to change. We know that the absence of a local development plan for York since the 1950s has taken ministers’ patience to the limit. Add to that the fact that York Council is the only local authority nationwide to receive two Public Interest Reports, released only in cases of serious governance failures, then the ruling Lib Dem Council is left behind. is saved by the skin of the teeth.
“As a board, York needs to improve. It is poorly funded, but that is no excuse for operating the way it does, failing to provide basic services. This decision is an opportunity for a reset and to launch a more constructive approach to investment and services. ”