If they are to be believed, most of these are quite substantial and will require large amounts of time and money to implement.
This is what they have publicly stated they would do:
- Reorganise the Council.
- Create local consultation structures.
- Sue Wokingham over Maiden Erlegh.
- Scrap charges for green bins.
- No new parking meters
- No kerbside parking fines until there has been another review
- Commission a report into the budget gap.
- Stop the new grants allocation process.
- Halt the current programme and commission a new community care report.
- Reinstate free bus passes to OAPs.
I estimate that if they kept their "promises" that Labour would run up a £5m in-year budget overspend. This would then have to be added to an estimated funding gap of £10m to find £15m savings for 2012/13.
When you take into account their previous tricks, such as using Section 106 monies to pay for boiler repairs, have been knocked on the head, they really are going to struggle.
It will be interesting to see exactly how many senior officers leave if there is a Labour administration.
On the one hand I'd love to see Labour screw it up and end up discredited once and for all. The trouble is that that would hurt so many residents that I can't really in all conscience actually want it to happen.