Wakefield Council Leader responds to Chancellor’s budget

30/10/2018, PR8908

Cllr Peter Box CBE, Leader of Wakefield Council, has responded to yesterday’s budget by Chancellor Philip Hammond by saying it falls significantly short of what is needed.

Cllr Peter Box CBE
Cllr Peter Box CBE, Leader of Wakefield Council

Cllr Box said: “Wakefield Councillors recently called for an end to austerity in local government, along with an extra £2bn investment for Adult Social Care, and £2bn for Children’s Services.

“In yesterday’s budget, the Chancellor announced an extra £650m for Adult Social Care, yet the Government is still cutting £1.3bn from Council budgets.

“£650 million will simply not touch the sides in terms of the urgent funding needed for social care. And other funding announced, such as that for pothole repairs will barely scratch the surface.

“We have now had over £171m wiped off the Council’s budget which has had an unavoidable impact on the services we provide. And although additional funding is always welcomed, it falls significantly short of what is needed. Austerity is certainly not over for local authorities such as ours.”

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