Liberal Democrat Statement on the publication of the GCC 2014/2015 Budget

December 9, 2013 4:35 PM

Colin HayLeader of the Liberal Democrat Group Cllr. Colin Hay (LD: All Saints & Oakley) said that:

"This year it looks as if the Tories are just 'playing safe' with the 2014/2015 Budget.

"Amidst the savings and cost reductions there are pots of money from within particular Budget areas amounting to just short of £2.6million for individual county councillors to spend in their own divisions.

"As Liberal Democrats we welcome councillors having more control in how money is spent in their own divisions, but we are concerned that the Tories are just buying votes from the back benchers.

"We will be seeking assurances that these individual pots of money do not deflect from council priorities."

The Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Finance and Change, Cllr. Jeremy Hilton (LD: Kingsholm & Jeremy HiltonWotton) also said that:

"The draft budget proposes to reduce spending compared to the current year's budget. Savings are inevitable because of cuts in government grants that the council will receive, but the question has to be asked are the Tories proposing to spend taxpayers' money wisely and do they have their priorities right?

"This we have to determine. The devil is in the detail.

"Liberal Democrats will consider the draft budget by asking a series of searching questions to determine whether the budget needs to be amended as it goes to full council for approval in February."