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    Article: Nov 24, 2020
    By Cllr Ian Marks - Finance spokesperson

    There is still no date for when the Warrington Borough Council 2017/18 Accounts will be signed off. The delay has been caused by a public objection concerning the treatment of the Council's investment in Redwood Bank. Our Finance spokesperson, Cllr Ian Marks, says:

    This issue is raised at every meeting of the Audit and Corporate Governance Committee. It is a complex accounting matter and you need to be a qualified accountant to have any hope of understanding what is going on.

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    Petition: Nov 22, 2020

    Lib Dem campaigners are calling on the Royal Mail to allow people to send cards and parcels to loved ones in care homes for free for the rest of the year.

    The Coronavirus outbreak has left many of the 400,000 people who live in care homes cut off from contact with their loved ones.

    Introducing free postage would be a big comfort for many people - helping family and friends keep in touch during what could be a lonely time.

  • Article: Nov 10, 2020

    The unofficial Remembrance Day Service at The Cenotaph in Warrington has led to controversy between the Conservative and Labour Parties. Around 200 people gathered in the centre of town despite the official event having been called off by the Council because of COVID restrictions.

    Leader of the Liberal Democrats on Warrington Council, Cllr Bob Barr said: A representative from my Party obeyed the Council's instructions and did not attend to lay a wreath because the event was cancelled. He, and a small number of my colleagues, attended events in their own parishes. The one in Lymm was well organised, socially distanced and the names of everyone present were recorded.

  • Document: Nov 5, 2020
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    Article: Nov 2, 2020
    By Cllr Ian Marks, former Council Leader

    When the Liberal Democrats took over the leadership of the Council in 2006, the domestic recycling rate was 14%. When we left control in 2011 it had increased to 43% and we had climbed nearly 200 places in the local authority league table. Much of this was due to the blue bins we are proud to have introduced. At the last Council meeting I asked why the rate had only increased to 44% in 2018/19.

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    Article: Oct 29, 2020
    By Cllr Ian Marks, Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Finance on Warrington Borough Council

    The Treasury has announced plans to conduct a one-year spending review of council funding in November instead of a multi-year review as planned. The NHS and schools will get a multi-year review but not local government.

    In the past Government used to have single year funding settlements and then they did the right thing and announced settlements covering several years ahead. Single year funding settlements make it very difficult for Councils such as ours to plan how best to provide the local services our communities rely on. Public health, adult social care, children's services, homelessness support, and help for those in financial hardship, have proved so vital during the pandemic.