Finance lead slams Pickles over budget cuts and hails Lib Dems’ “value for money” services

On the passing of this year’s budget for Kingston council, Cllr Rolson Davies attacked Secretary of State for local government Eric Pickles for budget cuts to the authority, which have required over £30 million in savings in just 4 years.

Cllr Rolson Davies said:

“Thanks to our value for money approach to services we can afford to freeze council tax this year and protect the services that matter to local residents.

“Liberal Democrats in Kingston our making it a priority to invest in services that help local families and protect the most vulnerable from cuts.

“CLG has had 44% cuts in the last three years, with most of that directed at Local Authorities thanks to Eric Pickles and his Conservative cronies. And that’s without including backdoor cuts from other departments, like with council tax benefit.

“Kingston Conservatives have shown time and again that their priority is cuts. But our record shows that even in these times of austerity we are the safe hands for the council to be in; and they will be for the next four years.”

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