Impending cuts of up to £80 million from Doncaster Council’s budget, beginning with a £5.2million cut approved by Doncaster Council’s Tory-led administration has been criticised by Don valley MP Caroline Flint.
Caroline said: “The job losses today are relatively few but the £5.2million cuts are the thin end of a very big wedge. It’s not fair that Doncaster is being forced to bear the brunt of these cuts, while Tory areas in the Home Counties get off scot free.
“The cuts are falling hardest on mining and former industrial communities like Doncaster and Sheffield when all the evidence shows theses areas need the most support from Government to recover from the recession giving a lie to the Coalition Government’s claim to have fairness at the heart of their plans.”
“It would be wrong to suggest that no savings would have to made if Labour was still in power – but the Coalition’s intended cuts over the next year will be savage in the extreme, coming at the worst time on the back of a recession that hit Doncaster hard.”
In the debate Parliamentary debate on Local Government Finance on 29 June 2010 Caroline warned that: “Doncaster council has already had more than £4.5 million in funding cuts, and we have more to come: 20% of Doncaster funding-almost £80 million-is vulnerable.”
Bob Neill, Local Government Minister, confirmed the Coalition’s policy in the Commons on 10 June 2010: “Those in greatest need ultimately bear the burden of paying off the debt”