Alistair Cameron's New Year message to Tewkesbury Constituency residents

December 31, 2010 6:15 PM
2010 saw the formation of the first Coalition Government in Britain since the Second World War.
The Liberal Democrats joined the Coalition in order to provide a stable government and influence its policies. Although we are the smaller party in government, you can see our influence in policies such as raising the threshold at which people start to pay income tax by £1,000; introducing a pupil premium in schools based on the number of disadvantaged children at the school; increasing old age pensions in line with earnings; and stopping the detention of children of asylum seekers.
We all know that 2011 is going to be a difficult year for many and that we will see cuts in public spending. Whilst some cuts are inevitable, I have strong concerns about the extent of the County Council's proposed cuts in areas such as libraries, the youth service and trading standards and believe the Council should reconsider what it is doing in these areas. In the past, the Council has invested resources in its library and youth services and it would be a great shame to undo much of this good work by cutting back on these services so severely.
I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone all the best for the year ahead.