Opposition councillors to push for administration to reconsider cuts

Next week opposition councillors will push on the Labour administration to reconsider multi-million pound cuts to the Council’s budget.

Lib Dem councillors will make the call at an emergency meeting of councillors on Monday.

The emergency meeting was arranged after opposition Lib Dem councillors ‘called-in’ a decision by senior Labour councillors to make a number of panic cuts.

If implemented the cuts would lead to charges being introduced for public conveniences, the closure of Customer Service Centres, a reduction in the support for community centres and cuts to children’s services.

Opposition Lib Dem Councillor Adam Williams, who 'called-in' the decision, said: “Labour councillors need to reconsider what they are doing. They are about to make massive cuts without knowing what the impact will be or even the details of the proposals in some cases.

“If they don’t reconsider, then senior Labour councillors will be turning the clock back to the bad old days. Days when decisions were taken behind closed doors in Labour Group meetings, residents’ views were ignored and the Council’s decision-making structure by-passed.

“On Monday we will be calling for them to reconsider their earlier decision. More importantly, we will be calling for them to commit in the future to allow for proper scrutiny and public consultation of proposals.

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