Isle of Wight Council’s new Executive revealed in full

It looks like the rumours we published were right. Here’s the full list of the now-expanded Executive of the Isle of Wight council, following Conservative Dave Stewart being voted in as Leader this week.

New executive

The council share details of the newly formed Executive. It has been increased by three members. Ed


Leader of the Isle of Wight Council, Councillor Dave Stewart has named his Executive that will take care of the leadership of the authority until the local council elections in May 2017.

Councillor Stewart said:

“I am pleased to announce the team of members who will support and guide the council in the coming months. This cross-party team uphold my ambitions to provide professional leadership for the council in a caretaking capacity up to the local council elections in May. I know that they will act ethically and with integrity to provide the best possible service for Island residents, and to ensure that effective decisions and actions are taken as necessary.

“Over the next few weeks, our focus will be upon the need to set and agree a robust council budget for 2017/18, which will be considered by the Full Council on 22 February. We will be working closely with council officers to address service needs and establish the best way forward for council services in relation to this and to meet the £7.5 million gap in council funding already identified.

“Yesterday (19 January) we had a very productive and enlightening meeting with council officers about the budget; as a result I am confident that we will be able to lead the council to achieve our primary objective of setting a legal and balanced budget for next year.”

Leader and executive member for strategic and community partnerships, and public protectionCllr Dave Stewart (Conservative)
Deputy leader and executive member for corporate resourcesCllr Stuart Hutchinson (Conservative)
Children’s servicesCllr Chris Whitehouse (Conservative)
Tourism and business development (including public realm)Cllr Wayne Whittle
(Conservative)
Transport and infrastructure (including car parking)Cllr Ian Ward
(Conservative)
Adult social care and public healthCllr Richard Priest
(Individual Members’ Group)
Major contracts managementCllr Jon Gilbey
(Individual Members’ Group)
RegenerationCllr Julie Jones-Evans (Individual Members’ Group)
Planning, housing and homelessnessCllr Daryll Pitcher
(UKIP)

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Friday, 20th January, 2017 11:14am

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fedupbritain

Bloke who quit citing mental stress in charge of kids, bloke with a criminal record in charge of business development, and 40 year old bloke still living with his mum in charge of housing. Couldn’t make it up

Luisa Hillard

Bloke in charge of Planning who has never served on the Planning Committee and is unlikely to have any grasp of either local or national planning policy.

nancyrowina

We can kiss goodbye to a huge part of Westridge Farm next Tuesday then, tragic it really it is. That land has been farmland since before the Doomsday Book. It will be replaced with houses that are not affordable to first time buyers too, when the Island has a terrible shortage of one bedroomed Social Housing Flats.

Hermit

Daryll Pitcher! Someone who’s involved in the EU investigation into UKIP fraudulent payments! Jesus wept……

Michael G

It beggars belief. Where’s the professionalism and integrity Dave promised on Wednesday night?

Drone

Oh My God! They have given the pfi BACK to Jon Gilbey!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
(apologies for the multiple exclamation marks – I’m in shock)

Trevor

Hopefully 15 weeks won’t be long enough for him to undo the 2+ years of excellent work that Phil Jordan put in to sort PFI mess out.

Alan Price

Surely Cllr Jordan done this himself by being caught drink driving on the roads he was employed to keep safe?

Jim Moody
As expected, a coalition of the right with the extreme right. And it’s not, despite weasel words to the contrary, a ‘caretaker’ Tory administration. It’s a full-blown, rightwing council with no holds barred when it comes to the rights and lives of the majority of Islanders. When Tory central government says ‘jump’ to cut what Island folk need, the Tory council response will be – what? –… Read more »
Amanda BH

This is hardly a cross chamber alliance. These are the same people who apparently all agreed to vote together against the Indies last year.

A true cross chamber alliance would be including Indies and Labour, but then again, I can’t imagine them wanting to be associated with the ‘Nasty Party’

Vix Lowthion
UKIP in charge of planning and housing and homelessness? Well that is an end to the incredible support for looking after 5 Syrian families fleeing conflict. All the equipment, funding and work put into doing our bit on the island – I cannot believe that UKIP will welcome immigrants in need. I am very concerned that some of these ‘Independent Group’ are facilitating a UKIP member of… Read more »
Luisa Hillard

I have concerns about a few of the choices, due to pecuniary interests and/or lack of experience.

Please don’t confuse the Individual Members Group with the Independent Group.

Vix Lowthion

I’m afraid the electorate is bound to confuse them.

wightgeek

I’ve pulled my neck muscles due to excessive head shaking.

tiki

I wouldn’t worry too much, they’ll all be out on their ear come May. ‘Individual Member Group’ – that’s a joke. Is it any wonder the electorate and cynical and fed up with politics.

Caconym

Wow!

A Kipper in charge of housing. A bloke from a party whose own parliamentary candidate left because he cited it was undemocratic and because of its new leader’s extreme views.

And Whitehouse in charge of children’s services? Anyone else getting images of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang?

ErnestCitizen
And I thought the day was going to be bad enough with the crowning of the Trump! Also note Cllr Whittle in charge of tourism and business development??? Obviously no conflict of interest whatsoever with his many businesses. Also lest we forget he was convicted of selling unsafe and counterfeit goods only a few years back. Plus the 2 ‘independents’ (arf, arf) who promised to resign rather… Read more »
Luisa Hillard

Call them ‘Individuals’. They haven’t been Independent since they were fired from the Executive due to their failed coup with the Cons.

Alan Price

I don’t believe they had a ‘failed’ coup Louisa, the two former independent counsellors disagreed with Ian Stephens over numerous matters, and to protect their integrity they resigned.

The ‘coup’ attempt is a lie fabricated by the media/independent group to create a smoke screen, and deflect blame away from the then ruling administration, and pass it on to Cllr Priest & Gilbey!

Luisa Hillard

I appreciate that’s the story they put out to cover their actions.

I’ve told you the truth as I know it.

steve stubbings

No, Alan, you’re quite wrong. Richard Priest attempted a coup in the autumn of 2014, and failed.
I’m sure I’m not the only one who kept the emails.
If I’m lying, let him sue me.

Alan Price

Using all that free time you now have wisely i see Steve ;)

What will you do after May when you have no meetings to attend aswell?

retired hack

Always a bad sign when folk start positing a conspiracy involving the media

steve stubbings
I’m sure I’ll find something, Alan. Many thanks for your concern. ;-) Out of interest, I was trawling back through OTW reports from Autumn of 2014 when I came across this comment: “20.Sep.2014 1:37pm I cannot help but be profoundly impressed by the way Cllr Chapman avoided splitting the infinitive in his phrase ‘subsequently to traduce’ ;-)… and to express a certain admiration for the way in… Read more »
ErnestCitizen

Luisa, I appreciate you are sensitive to such things but I was clearly being sarcastic!

It would be most unfortunate if those emails were leaked somehow – I’m assuming they didn’t use Council email accounts, otherwise someone could FOI them??

Suona

Wonderful! Wonderful!

I thought yesterday when Stewart offered to help Wightlink out with their fire, 2 hours after it had been put out, he has fallen head first into a trap.

And now the rest of the nsties have fallen in on top of him.

I think they have just enough time totally to disgrace themselves before it is election time.

retired hack

Cllr Stewart needs to tell us – preferably today – whether, as a result of the the coalition he has entered into with UKIP, and the placing of Cllr Pitcher in charge of housing and homelessness, the Council’s policy is now to deny shelter to the five families of Syrian refugees, as Cllr Pithier has advocated. It’s a simple yes or no question.

Sally Perry

I have already asked Cllr Pitcher to confirm his position on the Resettlement Programme. Awaiting his response, but will also ask DS.

Sally Perry
Cllr Pitcher has told OnTheWight, “My understanding is that the previous Executive have already made the offer to Central Government to rehouse the families. “That being the case it would be very difficult to change the policy at this late stage and at a time when the Isle of Wight Council needs friends for the challenges ahead. “What I will be doing is looking to get further… Read more »
Vix Lowthion

Questioning the legitimacy of families fleeing from conflict. Straight from the worst of the Daily Mail.

retired hack

Cllr Pitcher has either not read the papers for the most recent Executive, or has not understood them. If he had he would know that Individual refugees relocated under the scheme are identified by the United Nations High Commission for Refugees.
Are we now to have UKIP second-guessing the UNHCR? Has Dave Stewart authorised the spouting of this nonsense?

Luisa Hillard

Dave Stewart won’t be able to answer before Conservative HQ has written him a press statement.

retired hack

How dare HQ steal that job from the papal nit?

East Cowes

Sounds like Stewart’s promise was as much of a “misturth” as Trump’s to drain the swamp and to put people with experience and the people’s interest at heart.

UKIP in charge of planning, housing and homelessness??

Rod Manley

This may now be defined as a Conservative led coup.

Holdheadinhands

I despair …. there are no words

nancyrowina
It will not be possible to set a legal and balanced budget without increasing council tax, this is happening all over the country. I believe this has been central governments aim all along, to starve councils of money until they can’t provide vital services like Social Care, forcing them to raise council tax. They are trying to do what bought Thatcher’s government down with the poll tax,… Read more »
Luisa Hillard

I wish that were true but according to a recent news story I read the Conservatives are polling their highest popularity ratings ever.

It makes no sense to me at all.

nancyrowina

Polls often aren’t reliable though, it depends where they got the participants from. It also might all change when their voters start receiving their higher Council Tax bills.

Caconym
That is likely due to the double whammy of the Brexit and Corbyn effect. You can expect the Tories’ popularity to plummet when the true reality of the cost of Brexit starts to bite people’s pockets but, unfortunately, this won’t happen by May (though, thankfully, it will by the 2020 General Election). Corbyn is another issue. The bloke is completely out of touch and is giving votes… Read more »
Ian Young
The new Executive may not be to my liking, but let us not forget that we are where we are today because other people, for whatever reason, simply walked way. In 2013 the Independents knew full well that the only game in town was how best to deal with Central Government spending cuts. The claim that they could “re-engineer” rather than cut has in part been proved… Read more »
Rod Manley
This is a coup alright. The first failed attempt came with Priest and Gilby. The process continued as the administration was left as a minority. Pressure and stress and a court-case was the first blow with the rendering of Phil Jordan ineffective. Then Ian Stephens’s resignation left Jonathan Bacon and Steve Stubbings out on a limb and there was nothing they could do. The Conservative Party has… Read more »
Debbie Andre
….and so it begins. One of their first actions is to increase the size of the executive from 5 members + the leader to 8 members + the leader costing the tax payer an extra £24,000. Jobs for the 8 boys and 1 girl in blue”? The five “Independent Members” have shown their true blue colours despite 2 of them pledging not to be part of any… Read more »
Rod Manley
This is the problem with Representative Democracy (RD) and its derivative, the local constitution. The Council is not executive. An example was the overturning of the decision on devolution last year after the Council had rejected Bacon’s plan for Solent Devolved Government.The Council must have the final say. Also the first past the post system of RD easily allows for Party selected candidates. This in turn allows… Read more »
Luisa Hillard

There is a position missing from this line-up that we haven’t seen in County Hall since the Conservatives were last in power – the post of Executive Secretary.

Geoff Lumley
Yes, Luisa, I spotted that too. And they are being VERY quiet about it, probably because it is that political chancer Bob Blezzard (Sandown North) who in the recent past has been Liberal>Labour>LibDem>Sandown Independent>IW Independent?Sandown Independent>LibDem – and now seemingly LibCon. The one true LibDem on the Council (Reg Barry) has nothing to do with him, but it is interesting how quiet the local LibDems, particularly Mr… Read more »
steve stubbings

:-)

wightgeek
Anyone know what the role of ‘Executive Secretary’ entails? The post was last listed as having a SRA of £4,620 per annum. I also found this reference in the last report of the Independent Remuneration Panel (May 2016): “Funding for the role of the Executive Secretary which had not been filled but had remained in case it was required has now been removed and that enabled us… Read more »
wightgeek

No mention of the role in the IWC Constitution (other than the SRA rate)?!?

Nitonia

UKIP with a position of responsibility. This is an extremely dark day for the Isle of Wight when someone who campaigns on the basis of xenophobia and prejudice is given the opportunity to do actual harm.

Margie

I am incredibly worried about this and fear the Tory leader has made a huge error of judgement.

From memory, wasn’t Councillor Pitcher very much against helping the refugee families?

How the heck did he get put in charge of housing and homelessness?

Geoff Lumley

Surprised Cllr Whitehouse has not yet cancelled the Supreme Court case re. Jon Platt. I would have thought that would be his first populist action…….

no delusion
He wouldn’t dare go against the DfE wishes, especially as they are paying. I would imagine some sort of statement will be forthcoming saying that the Indies have taken us down this road, Whitehouse disagrees greatly with the Independent dogs, but unfortunately it is far too late to change course – however, after the elections in May, it will be another story and the sun will shine… Read more »
Jon Platt
Geoff I very much hope that he does but you won’t hear me criticising him if he doesn’t. I’m not at all sure that he can withdraw it without landing the IW taxpayer with the HUGE bill for this case so far. If he has a choice between withdrawal that lands the IW taxpayer with a bill, or pursuing me against his better judgment… I’d encourage him… Read more »
Geoff Lumley

Jon. My personal position is that you are a victim of Michael Gove’s dreadful tenure as Education Secretary, who forced Council’s into the position of having to fine parents for reasonable non-attendance. That position is now being tested at the Government’s request. Your costs should also be covered by them.

Jon Platt
Thank you Geoff and I could not agree more with you. I am genuinely worried about the costs position, not for myself (I secured an unconditional undertaking as to costs last week) but for the taxpayers of the IW who do NOT have an unconditional undertaking as to the cost of this. I am still working now on an agreement that would allow the IW to withdraw… Read more »
Cllr. Karl Love
Please can our elected members say something inspirational, reassure islanders and actively lead from within the council. Now is not the time for gloom and doom whatever your party colours. All our politicians need to be positive and show some vision. We don’t want out dated institutional leadership. We need creativity and problem solving minds. Get on with it and fight for a better governmental settlement and… Read more »
Jon Platt
I am not and never have been a member of ANY political party. This is a serious question by someone who genuinely does not know the answer. Are these council executive jobs really well paid? It seems to me that most Councillors, of all political persuasion, give up a HUGE amount of time, for very little ‘remuneration’. I genuinely worry that we hurl such awful vitriol at… Read more »
Man in Black

Perhaps I have thicker skin than you Jon, but could you point out where the ‘bile and abuse’ is please?

I’ve just read through the comments and can’t see anything which fits that description.

Here are the members’ allowances btw
https://www.iwight.com/azservices/documents/1425-Members-Allowances15-16.pdf

JonPlatt
I’ll give you one example. At the foot of this page is a derogatory comment about three councillors. One refers to Chris Whitehouse and his very public struggles with mental health problems following a family breakdown. Just to be clear, I have never met Chris. He has been nothing but supportive to me and we have exchanged a few emails. many of us have at some point… Read more »
steve stubbings
Jon, Have you ever read OTW? What you say would all be very reasonable if not for the fact that the man you have never met, who has been nothing but supportive of you and with whom you have exchanged a few emails, is one of those most inclined to malign others in the most vindictive and vicious manner possible here and elsewhere. Perhaps it’s got something… Read more »
Jon Platt
Steve I can’t say that I have read any vicious comments by Chris Whitehouse. I do read a lot of onthewight articles but perhaps I have missed them. You will certainly know him better than me and perhaps there have been times when he has said things that were unkind and unhelpful. But that sort of makes my point. Perhaps EVERYONE needs to show a little more… Read more »
steve stubbings

Jon, Here’s one for you then:
It was originally posted under the name David Whittaker for some, as yet unexplained, reason.

“Chris Whitehouse (not David Whittaker)
10.Dec.2016 10:05pm

What, Phil Jordan tried in “appallingly difficult circumstances”? The man is a complete and utter fraud and failure. We’re well rid. He is nasty and vindictive, promoting self over the common good at every opportunity.”

You don’t follow him on twitter?

no delusion
Jon – Perhaps you have missed Cllr Whitehouse’s vitriolic comments as they have been posted under [part of comment removed by moderator] including the name of a former councillor currently in jail for sex offences. Cllr Whitehouse has never offered any reasonable explanation for this, simply spouting some drivel about using the former councillors equipment – something which cannot be the case as all devices are wiped… Read more »
ErnestCitizen
Jon Platt: If you are referring to my comment I never made any such connection – any made is purely you’re doing. I am was making a point about the hypocrisies involved and how just saying you follow a faith or have some commendation from them that it makes you a compassion or moral person. He makes a big deal of being a Papal Knight and a… Read more »
Man in Black

@ Jon – But the comment you’ve highlighted was added to the page a couple of hours AFTER you made reference to there being bile and abuse?

Btw, I don’t agree that fedupbritain’s comment is either abusive or full of bile.

ErnestCitizen

There appears to be 2 users posting as Jon Platt: one with a space between and this one without?

Jon Platt
I’m not his ‘best friend’ as I say I have never met him BUT he took a stand AGAINST his own party and said it was outrageous that they were seeking to criminalise millions of parents in England and Wales. The case against me is being driven by a Conservative Secretary of State and I admire anyone who is prepared to say what they think is right… Read more »
ErnestCitizen
Crikey, your loyalty seems easily bought then. He only has to say one thing in favour of your stance and you spend all this time and effort defending a man who has repeatedly displayed extremely bad and dubious behaviour over years. Behaviour you also seem ignorant of – so you don’t even know the actions or the man you are defending. You don’t see how this raises… Read more »
Nitonia
Sally Perry
All members get a basic allowance of £7,700. The following roles then get an additional special responsibility allowance: Leader £15,400 Deputy Leader £9,625 Executive Member £7,700 Scrutiny Chair £7,700 Select Committee Chair £3,080 Audit Chair £3,080 Children’s Chair £3,080 Employment Chair £2,310 Planning Chair £6,160 Planning Vice Chair £1,540 Licensing Chair £4,620 Pension Fund Chair £1,540 Appeals Chair £1,540 Chairman of Council £5,390 Vice Chairman of Council… Read more »
Luisa Hillard

Most of those SRAs are now soley with the Conservative-UKIP-IMG Alliance. They block-voted to give themselves the Chairs of all the committees they wanted back in May.

I’d pretty much have to conclude that they have ‘Full Control’ of the Council. There’s nothing ‘caretaker’ about it.

Luisa Hillard

*solely

okayanyway

Virtually all the SRA’s were solely with the Indies for the last nearly four years were they not?

I see this a caretaker council. How can it be any different with barely three months till the election and I understand only a short time of that is allowed for actual council decisions??

Jon Platt
Thanks for that Sally. So the leader gets around £23k for what must be a full time job. Less than the average Pizza Hut manager. Substantially less than a train driver. I appreciate that it ‘isn’t about the money’ but seriously, I’m amazed anyone even wants it. Is it not a poisoned chalice? Most of the revenue power resides in Whitehall and when you are unable to… Read more »
Vix Lowthion
Watch it Jon! Referenda haven’t had a good press recently! ;) I agree with your belief that people should be empowered. However they can only make a sound judgement when presented with the facts. For instance – woukd people vote for more tax for better schools, or would only the parents care and those who aren’t parents choose to pay less tax? A large proportion of the… Read more »
Jon Platt
Yes Vix it is true that people may well reject an increase in council tax BUT then they can’t complain that the services they are getting are poor. Democracy is a wonderful thing. You get what you vote for. Surrey CC is a very solidly Conservative council. The County has three Conservative cabinet members. If they can put it to the vote, so can the Isle of… Read more »
Sally Perry
You’re welcome, they are relatively small amounts given the responsibility (multi-million pound budgets) and hours needed to do the job properly. From memory, when the Indies came into power in 2013, they halved the leader’s allowance. The issue that low allowances can create is that potential candidates will consist of only retirees (nothing wrong with retirees, but better to have a mix of ages) or the independently… Read more »
Luisa Hillard
Jon, I think that you are being very gracious considering the way many might perceive your relationship with the Council. I think it’s quite common for the Leader and senior Executives to put in at least 60 hours per week, 7 days per week. There are many meetings and emails and reports, and then your personal ward work on top of that. Holidays and family events come… Read more »
Jon Platt
Luisa I am sure that people have a perception that is very far from the reality. I very much respect ANYONE who stands for public office, especially a County Councillor role as it seems to me (I know very little I accept) that it is long hours for very little money and plenty of blame when things go wrong. I certainly wouldn’t do it, indeed I simply… Read more »
Colin
@ jon. Er, schools funding and building now comes from central government. Libraries were paid for from council tax until the government slashed the money it gives to councils from our taxes leaving not a lot of alternative but to close many, as there were other legal priorities. We already pay high rates of taxes; VAT at 20%, excessive fuel duty, etc but the government prefers to… Read more »
Jon Platt
But WE can choose to fund OUR services surely? If council tax was increased 10 or 15% that money would stay here on the Island and could go a long way towards avoiding shocking and unacceptable cuts. Then, as democracy requires, the people of the Isle of Wight can see the impact of central government cuts and at the next election express their support or condemnation at… Read more »
East Cowes

Jon Platt – first learn who funds what with what taxes. You are confusing pots of money and sources.

Also, many, many people on the island are in poverty or very low earning. Sure, increase the tax on the rich and make corporations pay their fair share of tax. But don’t tax the people who barely can feed themselves.

ErnestCitizen
Jon Platt – we have heard countless times how well you off for money but how about having some empathy for the masses of people here on the Island who earn well below the national average and yet still have to pay a sizeable percentage of that on increasing fewer and poorer quality public services. You claim to fight for the little man, so why not for… Read more »
Colin
@ jon Perhaps you need to attend the council meetings that are open to the public. Then you will see plenty of bile and abuse mixed in with the terminally boring with members droning on. Some politicians do themselves no favours at all and get the response from the voters that they and their policies deserve. For some politicians nationally it has become the norm to lie,to… Read more »
ErnestCitizen

Yeah, you ain’t see bile and abuse until you have seen the Papal Knight in action!

Honestly – someone really should report him to the Pope.

Luisa Hillard

Just remember, for a moment, the 700-year-long Catholic-led Inquisition and the murder of innocent women during the witch trials.

Remember the Witch Finder General and his retractable pin to ensure the ‘guilt’ of his targets.

ErnestCitizen

Indeed. Plus of course in more recent times a significant number of their clergy do not have a good record in caring for children.

Perhaps he is the commensurate Catholic after all.

Luisa Hillard

I know some Catholics who are very kind, ethical and moral, in a calm and non-judgmental way.

I wouldn’t put them in the same class as someone once referred to on here as a ‘pantomine villain’ at all.

fedupbritain

Was Ian Ward a Major or a Sergeant Major in the Army?

the spy

How many of our councilors that have changed allegiance that adopted the bell principals will carry out what signed up for and resign .It makes you wonder where we conned by the indies from the stat of the administration .

Luisa Hillard

Don’t judge the Indie group based on the actions of those in the IMG. There is a reason that they are no longer part of our group.

the spy

The indie groups needs a name for the Mays elections not just indie group any candidate could use that name as it is not a registered party
But if you are independent how can you form a group the electorate has been sucked it once and will not work again

Luisa Hillard
Technically we are the Island Independent Group. We are not a political party and are not registered. There is no Party machine behind us so come election time we are alone apart from any help we give to each other. I don’t see why there is such a resistance the the idea that people with no allegiance to a Party can’t come together with shared ideals for… Read more »
Vix Lowthion

What is a ‘party machine’? Most of the rest of us, in a party and group of like mindeds, rely on friends and supporters too.

Luisa Hillard

Vix, I know you say the Green Party are different and I’m sure you are.

But for the Conservatives it means Party HQ providing election materials, professional photographs and glossy leaflets, campaign funding and volunteers that you’ve never met being rounded up from outside of the ward to knock on doors and deliver those leaflets.

Geoff Lumley

As a member of a major national party I produce and publish my own literature, do my own door-knocking at election time (I do loads in between anyway), and only rely on half a dozen local friends both in and outside the party to do deliveries. Hardly a machine.

Potentate

Love it! The left unites, this must be a great arrangement. Rejoice, the good ship Isle of Wight has been steadied.

ErnestCitizen

Somebody is channeling the spirit of Cllr Whittaker, I mean Whitehouse.

Mariner58

There was no coup, the two leaders of the council suddenly ran away with out even advising their appointed executive. A budget however must still be set before the May elections, more of a poisoned chalice than a coup!
I’d thoroughly recommend a BBC radio programme ‘Bursting the Social Media Bubble’, available on the radio iPlayer to some of those posting here.

no delusion

The budget has to be legal.

I suspect the former leader and deputy realised that a legal budget was impossible, and resigned to avoid committing a criminal act.

nereus
all this wailing ang gnashing of teeth suceeds in showing is that the younger generation are indeeed a snowflake generation. i am a pensioner i receive the maximum government pension i have some modest savings which are of course finite . All the conversation is directed towards the shortage of money available from central government and keeping the community charge down together with attendant loss of services.… Read more »
ErnestCitizen
I’m glad you are comfortable financially but far too many of that ‘snowflake’ generation are not and have to rely on food banks just to survive. I am also pleased to hear that you are fine with the increasing inequality, things like zero hour contracts (if they can even get work) and large sections of these ‘snowflakes’ never realistically owning their own homes. That corporations and their… Read more »
steve stubbings

Nereus
The big problem for us is the fact that the 3% addition to council tax specifically for adult social care which the Government has generously sanctioned local authorities to impose doesn’t even touch the sides. Sadly, the disabled guy down the street won’t be having his life eased any time soon.

Caconym

I really detest the term “snowflake generation”, it is used too often and without cause by those who have no idea what life is like for young adults today.

You need to apologise.