Labour slam coalition cuts ‘hypocrisy’
Local Government Association reveal that council budgets have been cut by 28% while central government budget cuts only amount to 8%
Coalition MP’s and councillors in Northumberland have been challenged to justify the current scale of cuts to Northumberland County Council which are three and half times more severe than cuts to Whitehall.
As the new Labour administration in County Hall contemplate a cut to this year’s council budget of £42m, Labour group and Council leader Grant Davey has highlighted the imbalance in cuts between Whitehall and ‘County Hall’. He’s drawing attention to the record of Conservative and Lib Dem MP’s in Northumberland who have voted and supported the extended cuts programme which will see Northumberland lose 35% of its total budget by 2017/18.
Now he’s challenging them to ‘stand up for Northumberland’ and join the push to get government to ‘think again’ on the pace of the cuts. Councillor Davey has revealed he’s already raised the issue of the pace and scale of the cuts in a recent meeting with Ed Milliband and now he’s challenging Hexham MP Guy Opperman and Berwick Lib Dem Sir Alan Beith to do the same with coalition ‘double act’, Cameron and Clegg.
Councillor Davey said
‘The coalition government seems to have it in for council’s like Northumberland and seem to see our county as a soft touch when it comes to cuts. We were elected in May to make the case for Northumberland’s residents and that’s what we’ll continue to do. The coalition mantra of ‘there is no alternative’ is hypocritical when LGA figures show that for every 1% of cuts from central government, local government is losing 3.5%. This shows that David Cameron’s sound bite ‘we’re all in this together’ is the worst kind of hypocrisy. It’s high time that coalition MP’s and councillors in Northumberland started to stand up for the county instead of standing up for this Con Dem government’.
Local government provides services like adult social care, education, housing, highways and roads and pavements, environmental services and child protection services.