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Shield Against County Hall

   Tonight Cllr Jane Birch will highlight the need for the Borough Council to help communities in the face of more spending cuts, particularly by Northamptonshire County Council.

    Cllr Birch will say that the mismanagement and incompetence at County Council is awful but it is local communities in the town that will ultimately pay the price for austerity.


Cllr Jane Birch, who will be addressing the issue tonight at full Council, said:

   “Our communities are really struggling to cope in the face of more spending cuts by both central and local government. Since May 2010 we have had continuous austerity and if George Osbourne gets his way it will be more austerity for years to come. 

   After years of mismanagement the Tory County Council are now even cutting children’s centres, bus subsidies, emergency planning, the fire and rescue service and at least two care homes. The County Council are looking to make £84.5 million of cuts. It’s brutal.  

   As the County Council cut their spending and proceed with their unworkable and flawed  ‘Next Generation’ model it is this Borough Council that will have to pick up the pieces. County Chief Executive, Dr Blantern, describes the proposed new council approach as like running a business and even operating ‘almost like a PLC’. 

   This Borough Council must try and act as a shield against the brutal cuts being put together by County Hall.   Simply put the Conservative-run County Council is paying the price for not acting sooner in creating more revenue generating streams or raising council tax in previous years.

   What the Borough Council now needs to do is prepare itself and the town. It must work out a strategy to help our communities when it inevitably goes wrong. To do this we must safeguard our own funding, like what we give to the voluntary sector.”

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