Bassetlaw: Worksop councillor reverses decision to leave in light of budget pressures

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The deputy leader of Bassetlaw Council has changed his mind about stepping down in light of the authority’s budget pressures.

Griff Wynne, 67, intended to stand down as both deputy leader and as councillor for Worksop East.

Interview with deputy leader of Bassetlaw Council, Coun Griff Wynne'(NWGU-14-02-14 RA 1a)

Interview with deputy leader of Bassetlaw Council, Coun Griff Wynne'(NWGU-14-02-14 RA 1a)

But after it emerged that the financial settlement from central Government to the council would plunge it into uncharted territory and following a request from the Labour party, he has reversed his decision.

The council is having to make savings to plug a £4.2 million hole in its funding over the next four years. The authority has balanced next year’s budget but the following year it has to find another £1.4million and in 2016/17, the gap becomes even bigger.

Coun Wynne, who has been a councillor for 20 years, felt it would be wrong to step away from the authority as it takes on this huge challenge, and plans to stand in May’s election to retain his seat in Worksop East.

He said: “ Whilst we have achieved a balanced budget for 2014/15, Bassetlaw Council is now in uncharted territory in terms of the reduction in funding we are having to face up to.”

“In all my years as a councillor, I have never witnessed anything as brutal and as savage as the coalition’s attack on local Government and the services we provide.”

“In all good conscience I feel it would be wrong to walk away from the authority just as we take on our biggest ever challenge.”

“The party were anxious for some unknown reason to keep me around in the post. I think they feel I did a reasonable kind of job.”

“The other factor was political. The fact that UKIP would be putting someone up in the Worksop East seat. I didn’t want to leave someone relatively unknown in to face UKIP and know that I would have probably lost that seat for Labour.