WIRRAL council’s leader dismissed as “ludicrous” Tory accusations that his group plan to “abolish local elections” as part of their budget cuts.
The options being considered would see Wirral’s current system of having council elections three out of every four years replaced with just one “all out” vote every four years.
But in his notice of motion, which the full council will vote on on Monday, Conservative leader Jeff Green said Labour’s proposals would “remove the opportunity for the residents of Wirral, on an annual basis, to pass judgement on the policies pursued by those chosen to lead the council”.
Labour leader Phil Davies said this was “ludicrous”, and the change would reduce costs “substantially”. But he admitted it needs two thirds of the council to vote for it, which looks unlikely, despite apparent support from the public in the council’s consultation on the budget options.
Another option – to reduce the number of councillors and have elections every two years – will also be put forward by Lib Dem Stuart Kelly.
Councillors will also vote a on a Tory motion criticising Labour for not taking a Government grant designed to ensure no council tax increase. Cllr Davies said no decision had yet been made, but the grant had “pros and cons” and could lead to worse budget cuts.