Letters extra: Bristol voters

16th March 2001 at 00:00
Your analysis as to why the electorate in Bristol declined to vote for a council tax increase seems somewhat flawed.

Many people consider that the council was wrong to insist in the referendum that the only possible area of expenditure which could be cut was the schools budget. Frankly that is not the case. Bristol residents know only too well how inefficient the city council is.

Furthermore the recent Ofsted inspection of the LEA stated that Bristol did not provide good value for money. Hardly a ringing endorsement for further investment while the LEA remains under the current political administration.

The electorate was right to be cynical. The Labour controlled council, faced with having to implement cuts, has already "found" nearly half the amount under debate from another source.

Finally, the council is undergoing a review of secondary provision. Any sensible person would want to see the conclusions of this before changing schools budgets.

Pamela J Chesters
Prospective parliamentary candidate Conservative party, Bristol West

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