Sean Coughlan, Leader of Walsall Council’s Labour group.
Labour members of Walsall Council have laid out their plans for the future, in talks which will decide who will run the authority for the next 12 months. The “Community Focused” strategy is designed to build on improvements brought in by the Labour group after it took office in August last year, and is the basis of positive discussions with other parties on the future direction of the borough.
At present, Labour is the largest party on the authority with 27 members but its needs the support of other groups if the Council is defend services in the face of predicted massive cuts by the Conservative government. The new strategy aims to protect and improve the quality of life of all communities, particularly the most vulnerable, and give a greater say to local people over the services they need.
Leader of the Council, Sean Coughlan, said the plans were designed to take the council forward and build on successful initiatives such as the Schools Improvement program, the reorganisation of Children’s and Adult Care Services and proposals to devolve decision making to local communities.
“The election of a Conservative Government means that councils, up and down the country, are facing even more attacks on services. If we are not to go backwards we need to build on these positive steps already taken; much of which won support from other parties in the unseen work of scrutiny committees.
“This document sets out Labour’s commitment to continue to take the council in the right direction of dealing with the cuts whilst protecting the most vulnerable and returning power to people and the towns that make this borough vibrant and diverse.
“We welcome the positive response we have received from the Lib-Dem members of the council and look forward to more discussions with other members and groups.”
On June 3rd the borough’s 60 councillors will meet to decide who runs the authority for the next 12 months.