Key Events

Full story

Here’s a round up of what happened tonight from our local government reporter Nick Lavigueur.

Click here to read it.

And with that I’ll leave you - thanks for joining me tonight.

Stories to come

Stay tuned - we’ve got some round-ups of tonight’s action coming shortly!

Is this the case?

Final result

Labour's time to shine

Members are voting on ruling party Labour’s budget. It’s been accepted! That’s the end of the meeting.

No.

Vote time again

Councillors are voting on the Lib Dem amendment... will it go through...


Edit: No.

Good news free bus fans!

A view from Facebook

Graham Lunn says on our Facebook page: “A more effective and better managed Council would be a start to achieving budget, good management and employee practices, as you would expect to see in companies with multi million pound budgets, are sadly lacking in this Council.”



Loss of services to desperate individuals

Lib Dem Clr Kath Pinnock says families in desperate need of support are going to lose out with this budget - and everyone is too scared to say it.


“We all care about it, we just don’t dare mention it - and I think it’s about time we did.”

Road issues

Congestion in and around Huddersfield being debated.

One viewer’s opinion...

Tolson Museum's future

The current topic is the future of Tolson Museum. The museum needs a lot of work by the sounds of it.

The total cost of repair is £4.2m. But £1.7m will ensure its future, the Lib Dems say.

Tolson Museum, Ravensknowle, Huddersfield.
Tolson Museum, Ravensknowle, Huddersfield.

Save the free bus?

Currently under debate is the free bus service - the Lib Dems want to charge 50p a journey to save it from the chop. What do you think? Tweet @examiner.

Partnership Manager, Karen Hobson with bus driver Richard Gee, one of the original drivers of the free town bus when it was set up eight years ago.
Partnership Manager, Karen Hobson with bus driver Richard Gee, one of the original drivers of the free town bus when it was set up eight years ago.

The Lib Dems say they are prioritising vulnerable people - here’s some information on what’s happening with care homes across Kirklees.

Failed!

The Tory amendment failed; councillors are now looking at the Lib Dem amendment.


The ruling Labour group has recommended more than £44m in cuts from the core council budgets. Each opposing party puts forward its amendments for debate before coming to an agreement later. Labour doesn’t have an overall majority on the council and will rely on support from others to vote through their proposals.

Time for a vote

Members are now voting on the Tory amendment to the budget.

We asked you what you think Kirklees should prioritise in the budget.

Meanwhile Emma Roberts said: “Social care! Not fussed about grass cutting & prettying up.”

Traffic issues

Tory Clr Martyn Bolt is now talking about traffic and transport problems - saying the Tories are investing in roads and transport.


Yesterday’s story about the hover train that could get you from Leeds to Manchester in 15 minutes was very popular - read it here

Opposing views

What about Dewsbury?

Clr Cathy Scott says she wants to know why the Tories don’t want to see Dewsbury flourish.

What's under threat?

Here’s a story our local government reporter Nick did last month which outlines what’s at stake in this budget.

In a nutshell, jobs will go, taxes will rise and services close.

Read the full story here.

No localism?

Former Lib Dem leader Clr Kath Pinnock gives her verdict on the council’s role in deciding priorities

Harsh words!

Clr Viv Kendrick says the Tories’ proposals were thrown together on the back of a fag packet.

Roads a priority for the Tories

Save money by slashing the number of councillors?

The Greens think a good way to save some cash would be by cutting the number of councillors to 46.

Party leader Clr Andrew Cooper said: “It isn’t a magic solution but it will make a significant difference to the council’s finances.”

Read more about that here.

Cull councillors to cut costs, says Kirklees Green party, headed by Andrew Cooper
Cull councillors to cut costs, says Kirklees Green party, headed by Andrew Cooper

Well that's one prediction...

Our reporter Nick is there

Video explainer

Watch a quick video explainer of this year’s budget below.

How will Kirklees spend our cash?

Kirklees Council has a big task ahead in working out how our cash will be spent over the next four years.

The full council meets from 5pm to discuss how to spend its vastly reduced budget.

Click here to find out how each party wants to spend and save.