Last week was a mixed one for me and unfortunately included a family funeral in Doncaster, so apologies for missing out on my usual update. The week ended on a positive note, with a drop-in surgery alongside District Cllr Andrew Coles and District candidate Kate Walsh – we had a steady stream of visitors and a range of issues to take forward.
This week I only have one meeting in County Hall so it will be good to catch up on emails and chase outstanding issues.
I’m currently preparing a briefing paper on pay and conditions for domiciliary care staff working for agencies commissioned by OCC – this is a difficult area to unpick as OCC pay the agency an hourly rate but don’t have to disclose how that translates to staff pay. I’d be happy to circulate this to interested members.
I’ll also be preparing a speech for full council next week in response to a motion from Conservative Cllr Richard Langridge . Obviously it’s good that the local Conservatives have come around to our way of thinking on Shores Green, but I won’t be missing the opportunity to point out that Richard Langridge and the Conservative Group put forward a wrecking amendment to the motion from Labour Group earlier this summer on the same issue.
On Wednesday I’ll be meeting with County Labour Group to prepare for Full Council where changes to Cllr remuneration will be on the agenda. I will update members on the outcome of Group discussions but my personal opinion is that at a time of pay freezes and staff cuts any increase to Cllr allowances is totally unacceptable. If OCC really wants to make council more diverse it needs to look at wider action than simply increasing allowances.
On Saturday I will be helping with a stall to promote the Oxfordshire Credit Union in West Oxfordshire (more volunteers welcome!) and then popping into the CLP coffee morning where it will be nice to see some of you and catch up.