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Labour responds to Suffolk Tories £25million cuts announcement

Suffolk Tories have announced they plan a further £25 million of cuts for 2019/20.  This follows a recent announcement that they have an £8.6 million hole in the County Council budget for this year.

The Tory cabinet member for Finance, Cllr Smith said that no area of the Council would be immune from cuts.  But the Council also claims to have no clear plan as to where the cuts will come.

Leader of the Labour Group and Spokesperson for Finance Cllr Sarah Adams said; “Those of us in who understand local government have been warning for many years about the long-term implications of the Conservative fixation with austerity and ever-shrinking government.

Sarah continued:

“The Tories are now finally realising that the cuts this council have imposed on the county, and the services they have withdrawn, have had a devastating effect on Suffolk. The economically illiterate decisions made by this council in the last five years are now coming home to roost.

“It is noticeable that of the ten councils most at risk from bankruptcy nine of them are Conservative-run. Labour councils invest money to create income in order to protect services whereas Conservatives ensure service reduction by salami slicing until there is nothing left.

“Given that Cllr Smith acknowledges that ministers do not want to hear the harsh realities of local government delivery it is time he stopped his of cosy back room chats with central government ministers - this approach has failed - and join us in publicly calling for the end of austerity.”

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