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Setting the budget has been ‘sickening’

Age Concern Eastwood are fighting to keep transport running for lunch club members at the Age Concern Colin Dyson Centre, Eastwood (l-r): Josie Marsters, Irene Thorley, County Cllr Keith Longden and Barry Fullwood

Age Concern Eastwood are fighting to keep transport running for lunch club members at the Age Concern Colin Dyson Centre, Eastwood (l-r): Josie Marsters, Irene Thorley, County Cllr Keith Longden and Barry Fullwood

Cuts to local services will be much worse than originally expected, it has been revealed.

The leader of Nottinghamshire County Council, Alan Rhodes, has warned services will be hit even harder than he first thought and has now launched a campaign to send a message to the Government ‘enough is enough’.

The news comes following an announcement that Goverment funding will be slashed by a further £13bn.

Eastwood town councillor Brian Griffin said he had ‘huge concerns’ about what the cuts meant for services in the area.

“It really is an enormous worry and I do have huge for the town,” he said.

Mr Rhodes – who is calling on people to sign a petition called ‘A Fair Deal for Nottinghamshire’ – said putting together his budget proposals had been a ‘sickening process’ and he ‘dreaded’ to think what could be next.

“Putting together our budget proposals for next year has been a sickening process because of the scale of the cuts we’ve already had to endure. With the chancellor’s gloomy predictions, I dread to think what could be next,” he said.

The leader is calling on everybody to get behind his campaign.

“With the axe seemingly hanging over more services in the future, it is vital that local people sign up to the campaign now and send a message to the Government that enough is enough.

“Only by people speaking with a united voice will we be able to make the Government sit up and take notice about the depth of anger and despair caused by cuts to the services that people rely on and value so highly.

“I am calling on local people, community groups, businesses, local councils, faith groups, the voluntary sector, trade unions and MPs to show their support,” added Mr Rhodes.

The Age Concern lunch club in Eastwood will be one service to be hit by the cuts when community transport taking pensioners to and from the club is stopped later this year.

Government departmental spending, which includes funding for local council services, will be slashed by a further £13bn by 2018, in addition to a £12bn cut in the welfare budget.

Nottinghamshire County Council is already being forced to cut £154m over the next three years - a quarter of what it needs to keep services at current levels.

The county has suffered one of the largest reductions in funding in England.

Add your name to the petition at www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/fairdeal.

 

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