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County Council Members’ Allowances remain frozen

Bucks County Council recently approved an independent panel’s recommendations that included continuing a freeze on Member allowances since 2009 and identifying savings of over £60,000 a year. Mike Appleyard, Deputy Leader of Buckinghamshire County Council said: Clearly the Panel’s recommendations on Members’ allowances rightly reflected the financial pressures on today’s public sector. The main allowances paid to our councillors have now been frozen since 2009, and following the reduction in our overall numbers of Councillors from 57 to 49, we also expect make further savings of around £60,000 in our […]

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HS2: Update

I have continuously campaigned against a second state-funded high speed rail programme. It is slowly transpiring that the business case is collapsing. The benefit cost ratio (BCR) for phase 1 has fallen from 2.4 in March 2010 to just 1.2 today and 1.4 for the whole of the Y spur extension. A fifth downgrade is expected to be released in the summer incorporating the new, lower GDP figures. How low do the figures need to go until policy makers understand […]

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Motions for an “early day”

Last night’s adjournment debate on Early Day Motions (EDMs) was a welcome push towards reform of this outdated, expensive and ineffective piece of Parliamentary theatre. I found it surprisingly well attended. The Chairman of the Procedure Committee was present and undertook to convey the thrust of debate to the Committee. As many constituents know, I do not sign EDMs. I think they are an insult to the electorate, who are told, often by paid lobbyists, they are important when they are […]

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