Friday, 22 October 2010
LABOUR FIGHTS THE CUTS
Sedgemoor District Labour Group have spoken out firmly against the Coalition Government’s decision to implement the greatest departmental cut to the Communities and Local Government budget by a whopping 51%, demonstrating an utter contempt for public services and the most vulnerable in our society.In the meantime, Somerset County Council’s announcements of 1500 reduction in jobs and up to 40% cuts in service budgets, even ahead of the Comprehensive Spending Review, has shown an complete lack of understanding of the impact on front line services locally.
Labour Group leader Cllr Kathy Pearce said "The previous Labour Government’s spending plans were on track to halve this country’s deficit by 2014. We believe that these cuts, being imposed by the Tories and Lib Dems, are being made on ideological grounds rather than necessity and will have a devastating impact on our communities and the economy."
Labour group secretary Cllr Brian Smedley said " I would like to see the Labour group supporting workers and communities taking action to resist these cuts. Groups like Bridgwater Forward and the Trades Council need the full backing of everybody in this fightback against Tories using these cuts as a shield to implementing policies that will take us back to the 1980s. No-one can any longer believe the Lib Dems and no one can trust them to do anything other than to prop up their tory masters".