Today Labour Children’s Services boss Peter Clark has narrowly survived a no confidence vote after pressure from the opposition Liberal Democrats. The Lib Dems tabled the motion of no-confidence after the damning Ofsted report slammed a failure of political leadership.
While leader Cllr Mike Ross and shadow portfolio holder Cllr Linda Tock met with council bosses, they stood by their decision to move the no confidence call in Cllr Peter Clark, arguing “we’re doing our job as an opposition to hold an absent portfolio holder to account.”
The Lib Dem Group argued that the buck stopped with the Labour administration that is in its 9th year of power, and called for a new way forward with new political leadership.
Hull’s Lib Dems have put forward a £2million budget vision that would dramatically improve the condition and traffic flow of the roads, foot & cycle paths in Hull and put a stop to the pothole problems. The alternative budget plan comes with a promise to build a brighter future for residents across the city.
It includes additional funding put back into key local issues such as establishing a local Crime Prevention Fund for communities across Hull to feel safer. The alternate budget sees investment into the key issues residents in Hull face including, money to keep communities cleaner, safer, and greener.
Letter - Hull Daily Mail 14/02/2020; Page 14
Like many others, I have serious concerns with the damning Ofsted inspections of Hull City Council’s Children’s services, particularly the most recent ones. What most shocked me was that things got worse when they were already in a damning state to begin with, you can’t out-damn ‘damning’, but somehow the political leadership has managed to.
I found the comments from the Portfolio Holder, Cllr Peter Clark, that ‘the only way is up!’ and that he wanted to ‘stay and finish the job’ alarming. It has been under his watch that the service has gone backwards. It is time he, as the political leadership of this service, took responsibility and resigned. Children are at risk – there is no room for further errors. Even Labour MPs are calling for him to consider his position.
Following today’s (12th February 2020) Infrastructure & Energy Scrutiny meeting, the Lib Dem Deputy Leader Ryan Langley has announced a plan that would see Hull’s broken transport network fixed through massive green transport investment.
The plan, which will feature as part of the main opposition party’s budget, would encourage residents across the city to try out different types of travel, such as walking and cycling.
Lib Dem Cllr Julie Greenhill, who sits on the Infrastructure & Energy scrutiny, praised cross party agreement at the meeting – but condemned the Labour Administration for being “all bark and no bite.”
Hull City Council Lib Dem Leader Cllr Mike Ross has raised his concerns
in writing with Paul Moffat, the Department for Education Improvement
Advisor to Hull City Council. In the letter Cllr Mike Ross has set out his
group’s concerns about the problems affecting the Children’s Services
department and requesting an urgent meeting with Paul Moffat.
This comes in light of a series of poor Ofsted reports since 2015 – with the
most recent damning report revealing that some children in care found to be at
risk of harm during their visits. The report serves as a damning indictment of
the ‘leaders’ and ‘managers’ in the council.