Suffolk County Council have announced that they will be cutting a further £25m in their next budget.
Although no cuts have as yet been confirmed, the Conservative administration have stated that “nothing can be ruled out”, raising serious concerns about the impact these cuts will have on our most vulnerable residents.
Andrew Stringer, Leader of the Liberal Democrat, Green and Independent Group, commented:
“I find it amazing that this Conservative-run council seems powerless to negotiate a sustainable level of funding for Suffolk, and merely accepts what is handed down to them. For years they have been cutting services back to the bare minimum. Another £25m of cuts could be devastating and will put our most vulnerable residents at risk.
This Conservative administration has clearly not generated enough income from other sources or acted on many of the positive suggestions from opposition groups. Having failed to meet income targets this year, Councillor Smith has promised lower and more “realistic” targets for the next budget. We would much rather see some innovative thinking from the Council and some real income for our county. For instance, Barley Homes was budgeted to contribute over £300,000 this year – yet we walked away without a penny.”
Suffolk County Council are asking the public for their views on these cuts. You can respond to the consultation here, until Friday 16 November.