Camden Conservatives have been distributing leaflets for the Kentish town by-election with the title “Islington to run our borough”. Even by the standards of Camden Tory Party, this is a remarkably misleading headline.
Far from an Islington takeover of Camden, the plan the leaflet attacks sharing a handful of highly paid staff between boroughs will save cash (that doesn’t mean, however that we accept that 45!! staff should be paid more than £100,000 a year).
The Lib Dem-Tory government is insisting on a round of public sector cuts that will undermine services and put people onto the dole queues at the very time when residents need their services the most. To oppose anything that cuts administrative costs is hypocritical – though it is no surprise that local Tories are horrified by the idea of hitting the well off first and would prefer those cuts to hit the most vulnerable.
Other efficiency savings that Camden Council could make are laid out in our energy plan which could see Camden save taxpayers’ money while actually creating jobs, making us more energy efficient and ecologically sustainable.