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Another Tory fiasco

February 12, 2019 3:55 PM

LibraryMy letter to the Totnes Times Feb 12th 2019:

In a week that saw the Conservative government cut local government funding even further, we can but wonder what services will be left to cut by the end of the year?

And how long before we are looking at an environmental, social and cultural wasteland?

The Tories' new funding settlement was passed on Tuesday night, cutting a further £1 billion from councils, penalising poorer areas and practically guaranteeing more council tax rises. Our MP Sarah Wollaston didn't attend the vote - could it be that she was attempting to distance herself from yet another Conservative party fiasco?

Let's be under no illusion.

These consistent budget cuts will endanger the very fabric of our society. At threat are our libraries, arts centres, community transport, adult education, youth groups, green spaces, waterways and rights of way.

All that will be left are the services councils are legally obliged to provide, such as social care and child protection.

And while cutting such services may look good on a balance sheet, it will do untold harm to our communities. As people lose access bit by bit to meeting places, support groups and culture, and lose opportunities to exercise, socialise and relax, the result will be isolation and mental illness.

It's a short-term strategy with damaging long-term effects for us all.