County in melt down Feb 2018.
It was odd seeing new and young conservative Councillors in shock at the financial meltdown at the county. Their distress was real. They were elected to represent their constituents and get the best possible services for them and here they were being required to vote for a budget that is cutting £40m of services. Three voted against and one abstained.
How odd they haven’t identified the Conservative government as the architect of the problems in Northamptonshire. The Government has incrementally withdrawn the Rate Support Grant from Local Authorities and capped Council Tax. The NHS is underfunded. Adult Social Care is underfunded. Children's Services are underfunded. The latest comment on Children's Services from Government was that with good leadership childrens services will be fine. This is so not true. All our services need investment and the difficulties we face in Northamptonshire are being replicated across the country. Demand is soaring. Resources are diminishing. Central Government clearly does not value local government. The outcome is services that cannot cope with demand and children becoming less and less safe. Vulnerable adults becoming less and less safe. This is ideologically driven. The only real alternative is an early election and the return of a Labour Government.