The Labour Group on Cambridgeshire County Council have published a detailed Budget amendment setting out their proposals for the County Council’s 2014/15 Budget. The Budget proposals come at a critical time for the Council which was left without a majority administration after the May 2013 elections and is moving to a new committee system where minority groups on the Council will have significant influence on its policy and decision making process. The Labour amendment will be debated at the County’s Resources and Performance Scrutiny Committee on Friday 7th February.
Councillor Ashley Walsh, County Councillor for Petersfield and their Spokes on Resources, said: “Our budget plans lay out clear plans to maximise backroom savings, protect frontline services and help the most vulnerable in the community.”“Cambridgeshire County Council can lead by example at a time when the impact of almost four years of harsh cuts from central government is taking so many residents across the county to the edge. We can ensure our own staff and those employed by contractors are paid the Living Wage and we can invest in our young people by an increased apprenticeship programme and free public transport for under 25’s going to job interviews and training. We can ditch the Tory-led plan to slash children’s centres funding which is a false economy, given the work they do in helping vulnerable families. And we can tackle problems of isolation and inability to work or live full active lives by increasing help for those with mental health problems and reversing planned cuts to personal budgets for those with learning difficulties.”
Councillor Walsh added: “We will be robustly challenging the Tories to accept our plans which have balanced the investment in our communities with mainly backroom savings and increased shared services. This is the County’s chance to stand up to Whitehall’s slash and burn austerity policies and show that there is a different way.”