Govt. cuts hidden away as MPs go on holiday - Essex Lib Dems (and even Conservatives) shocked

December 23, 2015 6:00 PM
Originally published by Chelmsford Liberal Democrats

cashThe Conservative government used the break for Christmas holidays, and the EU summit, to slide out announcements of major cuts - and even the Conservative Leader of Essex County Council says it is "more dismal than expected".

The Government hid away the following news:-

  • Further, real-terms cuts to support for vulnerable elderly (even if councils raise council tax, it will only fund one-third of the shortfall)
  • A £41 million cut in grant to local police services
  • Other cuts to local government
  • More badgers to be culled
  • Investment in solar panels slashed
  • Fracking, to get gas from underground, goes ahead
  • More spin doctors appointed to help David Cameron and George Osborne
  • The bedroom tax has increased hardship among those affected, says report
  • Concern about The Muslim Brotherhood but no ban, in a long-delayed report

Much of this is reported in The Independent.

Liberal Democrat Local Government Spokesperson Mayor Dorothy Thornhill said: "It is absurd for the Government to say that they want to increase powers for councils, while at the same time slashing their funding by almost seven percent.

"Not only has the Secretary of State announced devastating cuts, but the extra money for adult social care - arguably the biggest challenge facing councils - does not go far enough. Any increase in the council tax will raise less than a third of what is needed for social care by 2020."

Cllr David Finch, Conservative Leader of Essex County Council, said: "The settlement is even more dismal than expected. We are going to be around £50m worse off in grant cuts."