November 10, 2010
Burnham-On-Sea MP hits out at County Council's £43m cutbacks
MP has joined protesters in calling for Somerset County Council
to re-think its decision to make cuts to services totalling more
Tessa Munt attended a full meeting of the County Council in Taunton
on Wednesday (November 10th), where councillors voted in favour
of the wide-reaching cutbacks.
MP, pictured here outside the meeting, told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"It was a depressing meeting - the overall message that came
out is that the council has decided that it has no choice but
to make the cuts across the board."
it doesn't. It has choices on timeframes, because no government
settlement has yet been announced, and it could also consider
introducing small council tax rises to keep more services running."
added: "I also think the council could cut back on its own
costs still further by looking carefully at its buildings and
properties, for example. These could be used far more effectively
by bringing multiple council services together in single buildings
rather dotted across Somerset."
The cutbacks were also opposed by the union Unison, which said
that it hoped councillors would think again and spend a few more
weeks considering the plans.
County Council chief executive Sheila Wheeler said the cuts were
"step one in a long and arduous journey". The cuts include
reducing funding for youth clubs, bus subsidies and arts groups.