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Labour to reverse almost £1m cuts

james alexander

12:01am 30th June 2011

The new Labour administration will reverse almost £1m of cuts agreed by Liberal Democrat and Conservative councillors when council meets today for an emergency budget.

The previous Lib Dem administration's budget, amended by Conservative councillors, made swingeing cuts to a whole raft of key services in February.  But Labour said it would reverse almost £1m of those cuts were it to take control of the council, which it did in May, fulfilling a manifesto pledge.

Labour leader of the council, James Alexander says:

"There were really a lot of unfair cuts to services agreed in February such as to day care services budgets and transport for the elderly, meaning charges were more than doubled.

"Respite care, and short breaks and play equipment for disabled children budgets were scythed, once again targeting the vulnerable unfairly.  Many of these cuts were unnecessary but were implemented to fund the pet project of the former council leader of a second new council office in Acomb.

"We will reverse many of these cuts where we can, and also ensure we focus on young people's services that have been cut.

"We will also focus resources in the areas of health and disability assessment, on Holocaust Memorial Day, and on securing Hull Road Park on an evening".

Coun. Alexander said that through Labour's budget the voluntary sector and apprenticeship schemes will also benefit. The new budget will also scrap the second new council office scheme proposed for Acomb from next year.

PICTURED: James Alexander

james alexander

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