Lancashire TelegraphPlea for protection of government grant for Pendle (From Lancashire Telegraph)

When news happens, text LT and your photos and videos to 80360. Or contact us by email or phone.

Plea for protection of government grant for Pendle

A PLEA has been issued to a government minister to protect a vital government grant for Pendle.

Town hall bosses are facing a council tax and business rates retention freeze and now a £1.3million transition grant is in jeopardy.

Council leader Coun Joe Cooney and the borough’s chief executive Stephen Barnes lobbied Local Government Minister Brandon Lewis on a visit to the Euravia factory at Kelbrook.

Coun Cooney said: “We invited him to see first hand the good work that we’re doing – and to ask for a fair deal for Pendle.

“It was good to sit down with the minister and show the value for money Pendle Council provides and the work we do with the private sector.”

Mr Lewis also met with Dennis Mendoros, Euravia’s managing director and chairman of Regenerate Pennine Lancashire, who also pressed Pendle’s case.

Mr Barnes added: “We explained to the Minister that the size of the grant reduction far exceeded any efficiencies that even a well-run authority such as Pendle could possibly achieve.

“If we lose the transitional grant then cuts in services would be the only outcome.

“We set out how we were progressing on making savings and focusing on priorities the Government is very keen to see achieved.”

Mr Lewis was also taken on a tour of the Number One Market Street offices in Nelson, to look at how the council works with outsourcing firm Liberata, in a public-private partnership.

Comments (2)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

8:42am Sun 25 Nov 12

Kevin, Colne says...

There are a number of angles to this story.

It is ironic that a Conservative controlled council has been reduced to begging from a Government in which the Conservative Party is the dominant party; and which has just spent £75m on the recent elections for Police and Crime Commissioners and whose incompetent handling of the West Coast rail franchise will involve taxpayers footing the bill for compensation that may touch £40m.

It’s one thing to inflict cuts on local services to assist the nation, but quite another when the money saved from cuts is then frittered away to fund politics and incompetence.

It is a great shame that local government is forever consigned to the role of itinerant beggar having to go cap-in-hand pleading for crumbs from one funding body or agency to the next, with their plaintive cry: “Please Sir! Can I have some more!” It’s like a corporate version of Oliver Twist!

Now, if the £40m that may be paid to private companies to compensate for government incompetence was given to Pendle Borough Council on the strict instruction that it would be used to establish a Community Endowment Fund – in effect starting a local sovereign wealth fund – we could, within a very short period of time, not only improve our lot but create something of which future generations would benefit and be both grateful and immensely proud.

Have we learned nothing from our childhood of playing the game of ‘Monopoly’? Who has ownership of income producing assets matters enormously.

The chance of creating wealth funds at either national or local level under the existing mainstream political parties is precisely zero; and the consequence of this is that we face a continuing slide towards a new form of serfdom accompanied by a decline in both relative and absolute living standards.

I fear very much that we have fallen into a period of collective national insanity and I see absolutely nothing from the mainstream parties – or media, for that matter - that give me any grounds for hoping that we are going to find a way out of this national calamity.
There are a number of angles to this story. It is ironic that a Conservative controlled council has been reduced to begging from a Government in which the Conservative Party is the dominant party; and which has just spent £75m on the recent elections for Police and Crime Commissioners and whose incompetent handling of the West Coast rail franchise will involve taxpayers footing the bill for compensation that may touch £40m. It’s one thing to inflict cuts on local services to assist the nation, but quite another when the money saved from cuts is then frittered away to fund politics and incompetence. It is a great shame that local government is forever consigned to the role of itinerant beggar having to go cap-in-hand pleading for crumbs from one funding body or agency to the next, with their plaintive cry: “Please Sir! Can I have some more!” It’s like a corporate version of Oliver Twist! Now, if the £40m that may be paid to private companies to compensate for government incompetence was given to Pendle Borough Council on the strict instruction that it would be used to establish a Community Endowment Fund – in effect starting a local sovereign wealth fund – we could, within a very short period of time, not only improve our lot but create something of which future generations would benefit and be both grateful and immensely proud. Have we learned nothing from our childhood of playing the game of ‘Monopoly’? Who has ownership of income producing assets matters enormously. The chance of creating wealth funds at either national or local level under the existing mainstream political parties is precisely zero; and the consequence of this is that we face a continuing slide towards a new form of serfdom accompanied by a decline in both relative and absolute living standards. I fear very much that we have fallen into a period of collective national insanity and I see absolutely nothing from the mainstream parties – or media, for that matter - that give me any grounds for hoping that we are going to find a way out of this national calamity. Kevin, Colne
  • Score: 0

11:44am Sun 25 Nov 12

mavrick says...

Good comments, mostly the comments could apply to any council, however the incompetences you have pointed out have been played down in the media as much as the 12 billion NHS computer fiasco. the people involved in this mess have never been called to account. We need to realise that the recession and financial crisis are the makings of the very people we are expecting to fix it. The case Pendle council has put forward is obvious and yet the minister will hardly move on the issue. I am afraid the way out is for ordinary people to stand up and be counted, we need a complete clear out of the establishment and a rebuilding job like we had after the last great war.
Good comments, mostly the comments could apply to any council, however the incompetences you have pointed out have been played down in the media as much as the 12 billion NHS computer fiasco. the people involved in this mess have never been called to account. We need to realise that the recession and financial crisis are the makings of the very people we are expecting to fix it. The case Pendle council has put forward is obvious and yet the minister will hardly move on the issue. I am afraid the way out is for ordinary people to stand up and be counted, we need a complete clear out of the establishment and a rebuilding job like we had after the last great war. mavrick
  • Score: 0

Comments are closed on this article.

click2find

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree