City Budget

At yesterday’s budget meeting the Labour Group proposed a series of amendments which would have put more money to the voluntary sector, helped people struggling with debt, saved jobs, and not introduced charges for green waste that equate to more than 20% on Council tax. They were all defeated with the Lib Dems preferring to put money aside in case we need more strimming and the Tories wanting to put money aside for ‘organisational transformation’.

The opportunity that we had was given away in a back room deal between Paul James and Jeremy Hilton. To avoid the embarrassment of having their budget defeated the Tories turned to their ‘coalition’ partners and offered them a deal. Despite previous criticisms of the Tory administration’s financial management the Lib Dems gave up their votes and allowed the budget to pass.

It is now clear that the only voice of opposition in Gloucester is the Labour voice. Lib Dem protestations about cuts are feeble and without substance. Times are tough and people in Gloucester need a strong voice and that is Labour’s voice.

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