Labour leader on Suffolk County Council Cllr Sarah Adams has today released the groups budget amendment calling on the council to reverse the punitive cuts to voluntary organisations that help save the council money in the long run.
The budget amendment will be discussed by the council at the budget meeting on the 8th February 2018 where Cllr Adams will present a progressive budget amendment which aims to encourage growth, rather than pursue an ideological agenda of cuts. The amendment looks to reverse the cuts to the Citizens Advice cut of £20,000, the cut to Greenways of £14,000 and retain the bus subsidy of £150,000 per year for the next 3 years.
Cllr Adams said; “This budget amendment offers a more progressive, inclusive way forward for Suffolk County Council. All three of our budget revisions are fiscally responsible and we believe that, rather than costing the council money, these changes will promote Suffolk’s economic growth in the long-term.
“We know that local government is under incredible strain at the moment because of Conservative austerity measures, but we do not believe we should be in the business of managing decline in the Council’s public services. We are fundamentally opposed to the cuts that this administration is forcing through on social care, but we are realistic enough to know that Colin Noble is unlikely to budge from his decision for £12 million cuts for this sector.
“We have identified three reasonable, workable amendments to the budget that we see as an investment in Suffolk. The Citizens Advice brings many more hundreds of thousands of pounds to the economy of Suffolk so this cut seems gratuitous, rather than informed. Greenways do incredible work looking after our precious natural environment and buses are the lifeblood of many communities. All of these cuts seem counter-productive and will cost Suffolk in the long run.”