At tonight’s (Wednesday) Isle of Wight council budget meeting, for only the second time in recent history, a Conservative councillor voted to support an Independent Labour amendment to the upcoming annual budget.
Cllr Matthew Price told members that he would support Independent Labour councillor for Newport East, Geoff Brodie’s budget amendment, which sought to reduce the proposal to increase Council Tax by 4.99 per cent to just 1.99 per cent (read his proposal).
“Voting for any council tax rise is very difficult. It’s not something I ever like doing, it hurts the pockets of every adult individual on the Island and is hard to do that.
“I’ve listened to the debates tonight and studied with interest all of the proposals and I will actually be supporting Cllr Brodie’s budget this evening, because he has actually come up with something that I consider to be well researched.
“Cllr Brodie has worked on this on his own and, as usual, has come up with some sound arguments. I don’t agree with everything that he says, but I certainly do agree with the ethos that it’s essential to only raise council tax by 1.99 per cent. So at this point I would be supporting Cllr Brodie’s budget.”
Cllr Price went on to vote for Cllr Brodie’s amendment, but it fell due to 21 voting against (that was all other Conservative Cllrs plus Island Independent, Paul Fuller). 16 were in favour (all other opposition Cllrs plus Price) and there was one abstention, Cllr Kilpatrick (con).
Update – not the first time
It seems my memory must be fading, as it was pointed out to me by Cllr Garratt that Cllr Price did in fact vote for an Ind Labour amendment to the budget in 2019 (see here), along with Cllr Axford (Con).
8am 25th Feb 2021 – Edit to ‘first time’ made
8.23am 25th Feb 2021 – Ind added to couple of references of Labour