“Your representatives need to oppose austerity – and question the apparent secrecy of financial decisions.”

David Billing was born and brought up in Scarborough, and went to local schools apart from two years in Surrey at a school for severely speech-disabled children. This left him with a passion for helping children with disabilities, including many years as a governor at the now Woodlands Academy.

After London and Hull Universities and two years at British Steel, David joined the N.H.S., working locally as a manager.

He has extensive local government experience, first elected to the County Council in 1981. David defeated Peter Jaconelli, an “impossible task”, he was told. He served as chair of the Social Services committee and of the Police committee, and also as Leader of the Labour Group. In a by-election in November 2000 he once again overturned the forces of reaction and was elected to the Scarborough Borough Council. He has remained a Scarborough councillor ever since, and hopes to continue, representing the people of Derwent Valley and the Moors.

David says: “l’m temporary immobilized, so it is unlikely I’ll meet many of you face to face during this campaign. You can contact me on 01723 361415, 07813 139130, and by email at 38lyell@gmail.com.

It is important you have your representatives opposing the austerity measures. These emanate from central government and are gleefully aided and abetted by the Council’s cabinet, albeit sometimes through crocodile tears. While I know we cannot overturn many measures, and from my experiences as the Labour Group’s finance spokesperson I know that we had to support the local council tax increase, but it could have been directed towards higher priorities.

The major question and criticism is about the apparent secrecy of financial decisions. While respecting the need for commercial confidentiality, I do wonder why the people of the borough can’t be told answers to questions, e.g. the loan arrangements for the North Bay developments, the preferred developer status for the potential Futurist site, and other matters. Whilst accepting that sometimes these questions are posed in an antagonistic manner and with an innuendo of criminality, which does nobody any good, there are valid areas of concern.

I ask you to support me in becoming the Labour member for Derwent Valley and the Moors.”

David Billing

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