Another Tory Council faces collapse from cuts – Andrew Gwynne
Tory-run Somerset County Council will vote on major cuts to all local services this Wednesday, after warning residents this summer that the Council is at risk of bankruptcy.
Government cuts have forced the Council to cut essential public services that will hit all residents including transport for vulnerable children, winter gritting, closing care homes, and scrapping transport for Hinkley Park C employees.
A report this summer warned the authority could follow Tory-run Northamptonshire County Council, and be forced to issue a section 114 notice if their £12.1m budget black-hole was not addressed.
The vote will take place at the next council meeting on September 12th.
Andrew Gwynne MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, said:
“How many of the Government’s own Councils have to collapse before they wake up to the brutal reality of their cuts?
“The crisis in Somerset County Council reveals the stark reality of the impact this Tory Government has had on our communities – stripping the public services we all rely on to the bone, and treating the vulnerable with neglect.
“Austerity has hit some of the most vulnerable in our society the hardest. The next Labour Government will sustainably fund our councils and deal with this crisis in Children’s Services.”