Torbay and South Hams under more pressure as Tories vote through yet more budget cuts

February 6, 2019 8:17 PM
Originally published by Totnes Liberal Democrats

Tory-led SHDC and Torbay Council have no one to blame but their cousins in Westminster

South Hams District Council and Torbay Council, like local authorities throughout the country, will be under even greater financial pressure from today thanks to the Tories.

House of Commons Parliamentary Debate (Catherine Bebbington/Parliamentary Copyright http://www.parliament.uk/site-information/copyright/use-of-parliamentary-photographic-images/)Last night in the House of Commons the Tories passed a bill that will cut a further £1.3 billion to councils all over the UK.

"I find it duplicitous for the Tories to declare that the days of austerity are over when they are not acting that way. Their actions last night will have two negative effects on our towns. Council taxes will have to rise and services will be cut even further. Our councils simply cannot cope with yet more budget cuts," said Caroline.

"I'm proud of my Lib Dem colleagues in the Commons who voted against the funding cuts last night."

Critics are saying the funding approach will take money from poorer councils and direct it to affluent areas in keeping with the Tories' proven practice of protecting their own interests at the expense of others.

And if that wasn't enough, last night's legislation will undoubtedly result in a rise in council tax for the coming year.

The Tories track record in funding councils over the past few years is so dire that the independent Local Government Association warned last week that many popular council services could disappear by 2025 due to an £8bn funding black hole.

"The Conservative-run SHDC and Torbay councils may complain about lack of funding, but it is their Conservative colleagues in Westminster who have imposed these cuts," said Caroline.

Totnes MP Sarah Wollaston did not take part in the vote. It is not unusual for MPs to avoid a vote that might cause them discomfort in their constituency.