Cooperation Agreement to provide a stable administration on Slough Borough Council

18 May 2023
Amjad Abbasi, Lib Dem Councillor for Elliman Ward, Slough

"The top priority for Slough Lib Dems is restoring sound financial management to Slough Borough Council," said Matthew Taylor, Chair of Slough Lib Dems and co-leader of the Lib Dem negotiating team that concluded the Cooperation Agreement.

The Agreement has been signed between the leader of the 21 members of the Conservative Group on Slough Borough Council and Councillor Amjad Abbasi, Leader of the 3 members of the Lib Dem Group (see photo).

This Agreement will provide the basis for a stable working majority on the 42-member Council; a functioning Conservative led administration and both parties' commitment to bringing positive change to Slough.

Matthew continued: "Sound financial management is vital in order to return stability to Slough Borough Council, and ensure its survival as a viable local authority."

"The Lib Dems initially hoped this could be achieved through an all-party agreement. Such an agreement turned out to be impossible, but the current agreement should ensure the new administration has a majority to enable it to take the necessary measures."

Councillor Amjad Abbasi, Leader of the Liberal Democrat Councillor Group said:

"I am particularly pleased we were able to agree that we shall aim to deliver core commitments from both parties' manifestos."

Cllr Abbasi continued "the core commitments cover vital services, including: working together to improve community safety in Slough; providing Slough children with the support they need to thrive; and improving health and tackling air quality in Slough."

"They also include the important policy commitments of redrawing the list of proposed assets for sale, and rejecting the idea of another 10% Council Tax rise in 2024/25."

Here you can access the full text of the: Cooperation Agreement . It aims to deliver both parties' core manifesto commitments. These include:

  • No new 10% Council Tax rise for 2024/25.
  • Working together to improve community safety in Slough.
  • Redrawing the list of proposed assets for sale.
  • Improving health and tackling air quality in Slough
  • Providing Slough Children with the support they need to thrive.

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