Redditch Borough Council

Election results for 2019

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  1. Coronavirus spread affects election plans

    As well as elections for the West Midlands Mayor and Police and Crime Commissioner, the following councils were expecting to be holding elections for some of their seats on 7 May.

    • Cannock Chase District Council
    • Coventry City Council
    • Dudley Council
    • Nuneaton and Bedworth District Council
    • Sandwell Council
    • Solihull Council
    • Walsall Council
    • City of Wolverhampton Council
    • Redditch Borough Council
    • Rugby Borough Council
    • Tamworth Borough Council
    • Worcester City Council

    They will now be held next year instead.

  2. Charities could see rent discounts withdrawn

    Charities and community groups in Redditch could have their rent discounts withdrawn by the borough council.

    The authority spends £82,000 helping not-for-profit groups afford premises, but the provision could be cut to help shave £1.1m off its next budget.

    Borough Council HQ

    The funding currently helps nine groups.

    Last year proposals for rent discounts were pulled following fears it could force some groups to close, but the plan resurfaced in November - one of six money-saving options set to go before councillors next Tuesday.

  3. Job losses 'worst case scenario' for struggling council

    BBC Hereford and Worcester

    Job losses can't be ruled out at struggling council, its leader's said, after admitting their finances are in a mess.

    Redditch Borough Council HQ

    Auditors have warned Redditch Borough Council it could "run out" of money in two years if it doesn't sort out its budget.

    In a recent report, they said the authority had to take "urgent action" to safeguard its future as, at the moment, it's on course by 2021 to be spending £30,000 a week more than it receives in income.

    The council's leader, Matthew Dormer, said he's in urgent talks about the situation and council tax may have to be increased.

    He told BBC Hereford and Worcester the problem in front of them was "very, very large" and job losses would be an "absolute worst case scenario".

  4. Conservatives set to hold Reddich

    Matthew Bone

    BBC News

    It looks like the Conservatives have held on to power at Redditch Borough Council.

    It's been a traditional battle between the Conservatives and Labour, so far with no sign of any surge from the Greens or independent candidates.

  5. Councillors set to approve large increase in allowances

    BBC Hereford and Worcester

    Councillors in Redditch are expected to approve steep rises in their allowances tonight, including a 110% pay rise for the leader.

    Redditch Borough Council

    The basic allowance is set to increase by more than £1,000, taking it to £4,437 a year but those who take on extra responsibilities are in line to benefit by more.

    The recommendations have been drawn up by an independent panel.

    The leader of the council's admitted that his overall package could be just under £20,000 with all the extra responsibilities.

    Quote Message: Every year, we commission an independent remuneration panel which looks into members' allowances and, for the last 10 years, the controlling group has always just ignored it. Had they not frozen this for the last 10 years, it would have been a small increase year-on-year and it wouldn't be the big deal it's going to be now." from Councillor Matthew Dormer Redditch Borough Council's leader
    Councillor Matthew DormerRedditch Borough Council's leader
  6. Deputy council leader fighting deselection

    BBC Hereford and Worcester

    The deputy leader of Redditch Borough Council faces deselection by the Conservative Party following complaints about his behaviour.

    A formal complaint was made against David Bush over claims he was verbally aggressive towards the authority's chief executive at a meeting earlier this month.

    Redditch Borough Council

    The dispute has since been resolved and Mr Bush says they have a good working relationship, but BBC Hereford and Worcester has been told other complaints about his conduct were made to the local Conservative Association and involve a longer period.

    Mr Bush is appealing the decision to deselect him and says he has an impeccable record after eight years of being a councillor.

    If he fails, he won't be able to stand for the Tories in May's elections.

  7. Group leader says West Mids on brink of social collapse

    The Labour group leader at Redditch Borough Council says he believes the West Midlands is on the brink of "social collapse".

    Councillor Bill Hartnett has signed an open letter with other local politicians, calling for a complete reform of funding for local councils.

    Bill Hartnett

    Labour argues that austerity cuts since 2010 have had a disastrous impact on services, but the government says funding changes will offer the region more power to capitalise on growth from business rates.

  8. Labour defends official role for convicted fraudster

    James Pearson

    Political reporter, BBC Hereford & Worcester

    The leader of the Labour party in Worcestershire is defending allowing a convicted fraudster to take up an official role in the party.

    David Roy Cartwright was leader of Redditch Borough Council three times betwen 2002 and 2005 but was jailed in 2009 after admitting to stealing at least £24,695 and making false claims totalling £63,467.

    Now members of Redditch's constituency Labour party have elected him as their unpaid secretary, leading to one Conservative councillor saying he shouldn't be allowed such a position of responsibility.

    But the Labour party says he deserves a second chance and won't be allowed near the party's finances.

    Quote Message: He takes the minutes, he publishes the minutes, he helps draw up the agenda with me and other members. He contacts people to book places where we hold our meetings, that's the secretarial role, I suppose you'd call it a functional, nuts and bolts sort of role." from Robin Lunn Leader of Labour party in Worcestershire
    Robin LunnLeader of Labour party in Worcestershire
  9. Elections 2018: Labour lose last council in Worcestershire

    James Pearson

    Political reporter, BBC Hereford & Worcester

    The result in Redditch means Labour have lost control of their last council in Worcestershire.

    The final declaration was a hold for the Conservatives and, with a majority now of three, they have control of the borough council.

  10. BreakingElection 2018: Conservatives take control of Redditch

    James Pearson

    Political reporter, BBC Hereford & Worcester

    The Conservatives have taken Redditch from Labour, overturning their majority of one.

    The Tories have made four gains today out of the 10 seats up for election, with just one declaration to go.

    Conservatives at Redditch
  11. BreakingElections 2018: Conservatives make early Redditch gain

    James Pearson

    Political reporter, BBC Hereford & Worcester

    It's very early days here in Redditch but we've already seen a gain for the Conservatives from Labour, as they took the Abbey ward.

    Now, before these elections, Labour had a majority of just one so, if everything else stays the same, the council would move to no overall control.

    However, the Tories are “quietly confident” of taking council and one more net gain would do.

  12. Elections 2018: Tories hold first seat on Redditch council

    James Pearson

    Political reporter, BBC Hereford & Worcester

    The first result's been declared in Redditch where it's a hold for the Conservatives in Crabbs Cross.

  13. All eyes on Labour in Redditch as counting starts

    James Pearson

    Political reporter, BBC Hereford & Worcester

    I'm in Redditch today for the results of their local elections - counting got under way just before midday.

    This will be a question of whether Labour can hang on to control or even improve it, as they have a majority of just one from the last local elections.

    Counting in Redditch due to start

    The borough council says overall turnout in the election was 32%.

  14. Town centre revamp could be key to people's votes

    James Pearson

    Political reporter, BBC Hereford & Worcester

    In previous general and local elections, the potential downgrade of Redditch's Alexandra Hospital has been key - that’s now a done deal and seems to have dropped down the parties’ lists of priorities.

    A proposed redevelopment of the town centre is being opposed by the Tories and the sole surviving UKIP councillor as expensive and unnecessary.

    Impression of part of the proposed development at Redditch Eastern Gateway

    Another development issue to the east of the town is the Eastern Gateway, a massive £100m development site on greenfield land near a key A road junction.

    The idea is to attract more hi-tech businesses but the fear from local neighbourhoods is that it will simply draw in distribution companies and increase traffic problems. Very much Labour’s baby so they may be punished in wards like Church Hill and Winyates.