Many of Cambridgeshire's most vulnerable people will be affected by cuts voted in by Cambridgeshire County Council. Elderly people, children, the physically disabled and those with learning difficulties will all see cuts. On the day after reports highlighted deficiencies in mental health care a further £800,000 was cut from county services.
With a reduction in funding from central government the Tory and UKIP dominated administration refused increases to council tax that would have reduced the severity of these cuts, proposals that would have seen the average band D payment rise by less than £2 per month.
The council spent a marathon 12hrs debating a budget that eventually saw £36.3m of cuts to council services. Cambridgeshire received just £3.2m out of a controversial £300m relief fund, the vast percentage of which was awarded to conservative run councils in the south of England