Conservative proposals to boost the performances of school pupils contain £500,000 less than a similar proposal last year, councillors heard.

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Liberal Democrat Tim East said his party suggested £1.5m be directed to boosting education standards last year, with Alison Thomas, cabinet member for children’s services, describing this idea as “tinkering the edges”. But Mr East said this year the Tories were now praising their own addition of £1m to a similar project, despite it being a lower figure. Mrs Thomas said she could not recall what she said last year, but accepted she must have said it if it was on an audio recording of the meeting. And Mike Brindle, Lib Dem group leader, said of his group’s proposed £110,000 cut to allowances: “Members of the public are having a tough time financially. This is our way of saying ‘we are in it together’.” Mr Brindle said it also demonstrated if staff costs were to be kept down, then so should allowances. But Green and Conservative councillors suggested any decrease could deter people from attempting to become members.

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  • Given Alison Thomas pops up and gives her view as education cabinet member on just about every occasion there is a local education item in our 2 local papers, perhaps it is time for her to stop being so free with meaningless comments and actually focus on core issues, Ms Thomas was participating in a meeting concerning education finance as education cabinet minster for Norfolk's children her input could have affected the amount of money allocated to individual children yet Ms Thomas did not take her responsibilities seriously enough to remember her input on the subject. Norfolk's children need a cabinet minister who focuses on our children's needs and less on raising her profile in our local press.

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    laurellee

    Tuesday, February 19, 2013

  • It is ridiculous to even raise the issue of increasing allowances for councillors who have set NCC moral to a new low point. They are failing to provide integrity and loyalty to voters mandate, are reluctant to make the big decision, like the senior management review, as yet undisclosed and spared publicity.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Tuesday, February 19, 2013

  • Considering the abysmal slide in performance in recent times, is it too little too late? A cheaper alternative would be the abolition of league tables. And this idea of cutting allowances is tremendously foolhardy and short-sighted. I mean, how will you attract the right calibre of individual other than by giving a twin-hatter the guarantee of raking in at least £100,000 over a 4 year stint.

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    Mr Cameron Isaliar

    Tuesday, February 19, 2013

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