The Liberal Democrats have today announced their alternative budget proposals ahead of the annual Hull City Council budget meeting. The party intend to invest £500,000 into a Crime Prevention Fund, nearly £1m for cleaner & greener communities all while undercutting Labour's Council Tax hike by 1% point.
Liberal Democrat Councillors are presenting their alternative budget plans as ones that will help Hull rebuild and move forward after the devastating impacts of Covid19, alongside years of an outdated Guildhall Labour administration.
Liberal Democrat Councillors will be pushing for funding for the city’s high streets, a fund to crackdown on rogue landlords in the private rented sector, while cutting the council comms budget, such as the "Love Labour" vanity project, "Love Hull ", saving £137,000.
Lib Dem Leader Cllr Mike Ross who will put forward the party’s budget is announcing his party will:
- Raise Council Tax 1% point lower than what the Labour administration are proposing.
- Create a High Street investment fund of £300,000 dedicated to supporting the resurgence of our local high streets.
- Invest £500,000 into a new Crime Prevention fund – previously axed by Labour back in 2011.
- Invest £850,000 into creating cleaner and greener communities in Hull.
- Crackdown on the minority of rogue landlords, by investing £70,000 in the private rented sector housing team.
- Cut Councillor’s special allowances by £80,000.
- Listen to our cities residents and work with them on moving Hull forward.
Lib Dem Group Leader in Hull, Cllr Mike Ross, said:
“Hull deserves better, we have a plan for the city that will build a better Hull, moving the city forward. Our vision is one fit for the future, which takes on board the needs of Hull’s residents, putting them firmly at the heart of our work as we move into a bold new post-pandemic world.
"We want to see investment in the public’s priorities, investments that changes people’s lives and creates a better city for our children to grow up in. We want to see our high-streets revived, our streets greener and cleaner and crime tackled. Our vision would be a different way to the opaque, obsolete Labour council filled with its self-interest and waste.
"After ten years of Labour cuts, broken promises as well as shutting democracy down and keeping residents out of the conversation – it’s time for a change.
"The challenges the city faces in the coming years are real – and our plan will tackle them head-on, bringing partners and residents along the way. We will build a cleaner, greener, safer, more accessible and fairer Hull for all. We want to move the city forward."