It has been reported that Cornwall Council’s Cabinet intends to push ahead with the privatisation of a massive range of council services including benefits, council tax, payroll, IT support, libraries and one-stop-shops.
I am appalled that the Cabinet intend to ignore the democratic will of Cornwall Councillors who, this week, voted by 46 votes to 29 votes to oppose such a move.
Where is the democracy at County Hall?
I will have plenty more to say on this topic in the near future but, for information, yesterday’s vote was as follows:
Councillors opposed to the privatisation of council services were 2 Conservatives, 16 independents, the one Labour councillor, 22 Liberal Democrats and all five Mebyon Kernow councillors.
Councillors who voted to support the privatisation of council services were 19 Conservatives, 9 independents and one Liberal Democrat.
There were 14 abstentions – 9 Conservatives, 2 Independents and 3 Liberal Democrats.