£700k on new offices - but no money to keep vital services open

Opposition Liberal Democrat councillors have slammed a decision by the Council to spend £700,000 on new city centre offices within days of closing two Customer Service Centres.

The Holderness Road and Ings CSCs closed permanently from 1st April, with other CSCs in Orchard Park and Bransholme having their hours cut dramatically. The closure of the Holderness Road CSC came despite a 700 petition from local residents calling for it to remain open.

"Labour's priorities are all wrong," said Councillor Adam Williams, who represents the Holderness Road area. "They tell us they have to close Customer Service Centres as they have no money - yet at the same time they're buying up even more city centre office space. Some of the most vulnerable people in our city relied on the services provided by the Customer Service Centres - and they are being left cut off. Even some Labour councillors have publicly criticised the decision."

The Liberal Democrats had proposed extra funding to keep basic services like the CSCs open at the Council's February budget meeting, but Labour councillors voted the proposals down.

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