Broken Promise by Conservatives forces council to look at car park charges

Residents and Businesses urged to write to Minister and sign petition for “missing millions.”

Costs due to Covid-19, combined with years of cuts by central government, means that we’re faced with a choice between widening car park charges and cutting other services or the council being effectively declared bankrupt.

This could all be avoided if the Conservatives had kept their promise to do “whatever is necessary” to help councils meet their Covid costs.

In fact the government are keeping nearly a third of the money owed, which would allow Oadby and Wigston to keep short stay parking free.

Conservative Councillors have backed the charging plans at recent council meetings and have actively suggested car park charges over the years.

Most councils are in similar position to Oadby and Wigston. We’ve seen a fall of over £2 million* in the budget here over the last 12 years and simply can’t fill this funding gap from reserves. The last year has been a once-in-a-lifetime event and only the government has the financial resources to help councils keep local services up to scratch.

The Conservatives wasted £37 billion on a track and trace system that doesn’t work and more on dodgy contracts for PPE that often failed to deliver. And yet they can’t find £1500,000 owed to Oadby and Wigston that would keep our short-stay car parking free.

Please sign the petition calling on the Conservative MP here and his Government to find the “missing millions” so Oadby and Wigston can keep short-stay parking free and safeguard key services.

*revenue budget changes between 2010 and 2022 sourced from Oadby & Wigston Borough Council

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Back our call for promised Covid funds

Covid-related costs and loss of income have meant huge financial pressures for EVERY council in the country.

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Oadby and Wigston Borough Council have faced lost income and extra costs from closed leisure centres and pools, lost long stay parking revenue and extra staff time to help coordinate support for local businesses and vulnerable residents.

The strain of the pandemic on council finances has been made worse by a fall of nearly a fifth in the money available for councils over the last ten years.

Money from central government has all but disappeared – we’ve all seen the affect on services provided by both our local councils: more pot-holes, self-service libraries, fewer staff in key areas like planning and highways and councils forced to charge to make ends meet.

Despite government promises a year ago to help councils through this difficult time, the extra money required has not appeared.

Most councils simply can’t fill this funding gap from reserves. The last year has been a once-in-a-lifetime event and only the government has the financial resources to help councils keep local services up to scratch.

Please sign our petition, calling on the Conservative MP here and his Government to keep their pledge to do whatever is necessary to support councils in their response to coronavirus and to fairly and properly fund local services hit by budget cuts in recent years.

Nurses Deserve Real-Terms Pay Rise

The Conservative Government’s proposed 1% pay “rise” for nurses is in fact a real-terms pay cut, quickly swallowed up by rising bills and food prices.

This shows just how out of touch the Conservative Government and their MP are with our NHS workers, who have gone above and beyond during this time of national crisis. Many have experienced trauma and stress after over a year caring for hundreds of thousands of severely ill Covid patients.

On top of this, they have worked tirelessly to get millions of people vaccinated as efficiently and as safely as possible.

The Conservatives can waste billions of pounds on dodgy PPE contracts and a ridiculously inflated £37bn bill for the Test and Trace system, yet the Government believes that it is fair to cut NHS workers’ salaries.

Local Liberal Democrats have launched a petition for a proper and substantial real-terms pay rise now for nurses and all NHS and social care workers to recognise the hard work and sacrifices of so many during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Please sign the petition here.