24 JAN 2014
‘We have listened’: Swansea’s ruling Labour group alters proposals on care homes, parking charges and school crossing patrols
From: South Wales Evening Post; Saturday January 24, 2014
CITY leaders in Swansea insist they have listened to the public after rowing back on a number of controversial budget proposals.
From care homes to car parking, libraries to lollipop men and women, Swansea’s Labour administration has gone back to the drawing board.
And it said this was ample proof that its public consultation on the budget proposals, which ended on Wednesday, was no sham.
“People accused us about not being serious about the consultation,” said councillor Rob Stewart, cabinet member for finance.
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“But this demonstrates that we are serious, and that we do listen and change our position.
”The Labour administration will publish its revised budget proposals shortly.
They will be debated by full council at an earlier than planned meeting on February 11.
Mr Stewart said the revised proposals were:
– A commitment not to close any residential care homes before April 2015.
– Giving Pennard library campaigners a further eight months to look at different ways of funding the service, plus a commitment to review library services throughout Swansea to match provision better with demand.