Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Northumberland Labour Group have come out in support of Darlington and Durhams Leaders Bill Dixon and Simon Henig’s campaign against the austerity measures by slamming Chancellor George Osbourne and Northumberland’s Coalition led administration for engineering a ‘Perfect Storm’ to hit the Council sometime after the 2013 Local Government Elections


Ian Swithenbank, Chairperson
Grant Davey, Leader
Val Tyler, Deputy
Robert Arckless, Secretary

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Morpeth
Northumberland NE61 2EF
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Press Release


Coalition Led Council Supporting £123Billion Cuts

Northumberland Labour Group have come out in support of Darlington and Durhams Leaders Bill Dixon and Simon Henig’s campaign against the austerity measures by slamming Chancellor George Osbourne and Northumberland’s Coalition led administration for engineering a ‘Perfect Storm’ to hit the Council sometime after the 2013 Local Government Elections.

A report has been issued by the Conservative-led Local Government Association (LGA) which claims without immediate reform, a £16.5bn shortfall would appear by 2020.  

Labour Group Leader Grant Davey said “ Were supporting Bill and Simon’s campaign as here in Northumberland we have one of the largest population tilts anywhere in Britain. It is predicted that from its current position of 20.1% our elderly population will swing upwards and 31% of the County’s population will be over 65 by 2033” “As Councils have to plan for a decade or more, services currently enjoyed by our population such as theatre’s leisure centres, parks, highways repairs cleansing and grounds maintenance will have to be stopped to pay for Adult Social Care”. “The Coalition has issued its unfunded localism agenda, the Prime Minister has been bleating on about his unfunded Big Society yet Whitehall wish to manage the run down of all Local Government Services centrally.” “ They need to tell us if their planning to move Adult Social Care into the National Health Service through their reform agenda as that’s the only way Council’s will survive the Baby Boom period without a huge injection of cash.” “The cuts to other services must be slowed considerably before the slippage into a third world type economic maelstrom becomes unstoppable.”

Spending on social care would swallow up 45 per cent of council budgets by 2020, the report claims, and in Northumberland it is expected that over 75% of the total budget will be spent on Adult Social Care by 2033. People haven’t yet realised what the Coalition’s Austerity Measures mean and how the removal of £107M from budgets by Northumberland’s Coalition Led Administration over the last four years is beginning affect their lives.

The lack of cleansing, grass cutting, highways repair etc is accelerating and the austerity measures will begin to hit education, sure start, leisure services, libraries, supported transport and public safety next.




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