Because of Government cuts to local councils - 44% cut in our budget in real terms since 2010 - your Lancashire County Council are being forced to cut local services by over £262million. The council's reluctant responses to this problem the government has imposed on them include:
-cut bus services
-reduce bin collections
-closing libraries and museums
But that's just the start...
Have your say... (consultation on Lancashire County website)
Councillor Newman-Thompson, Labour cabinet member for finance, said:
“These vicious Tory Government cuts will inevitably mean we will be unable to continue to provide all the services and do all the things our residents would like us to do.
“They are unnecessary, and the Tories have used the global financial and Eurozone crises as a cover for their ideologically driven attacks on the public sector.
“We had already had a 44% cut in our budget in real terms since 2010 under the Tory-led Government.
The provisional figures for Lancashire were published in January and showed a further £303.3m reduction in central government support for the county council over the period 2016/17 to 2019/20.
County Councillor David Borrow, Deputy Leader of the County Council and Cabinet Member for Finance said:
"We have been lobbying central government very hard to try to secure more money for Lancashire. The finalised figures reveal that while some councils have been given more money, particularly county councils in the south, Lancashire's position is no better off."
"This leaves the county council in a very difficult financial position, unprecedented in its severity, and makes it very difficult to maintain the services that people rely on.
"Even before this final announcement, we knew that the council will not have sufficient financial resources to meet its statutory obligations by April 2018, based on current spending levels and demand for services. Over the next two years, the council will need to rely heavily on spending its reserves in order to balance its budget, and that money can only be spent once.