The County Council meets on 9th February to decide the budget for April 2021 to March 2022. The County charges make up approx three quarters of Council Tax. And, of course, provide the vast majority of local services.
Labour is proposing an alternative Covid recovery budget, putting communities at the heart of its strategy.
- Sticking to the same Council Tax as the Conservatives but spending it far better. Less than the Liberal Democrats who want residents to pay an extra £27 per year.
- Making sure that children are not left-behind. Money for free school meals over the holidays. A £1m contingency fund for ‘catch-up’ learning for kids who’ve missed out during lockdown.
- A covid recovery fund that will support families and vulnerable groups who need help affording food, household bills, fuel, white goods maintenance and repair, and clothing.
- Long term investment in Adult Social Care. The government’s green paper is several years overdue. We need to take action now.
- Keeping community grants for charities to support vulnerable people. The Conservatives want to cut these grants by 70%. Yet charities are finding it hard to raise funds.
- Every Primary school pupil to learn how to cycle safely through the popular Bikeability scheme.
- Make sure all Council staff are paid at least the Real Living Wage
Labour Group Leader, Councillor Elisa Meschini, said “Our proposals focus on Covid recovery, Green initiatives and paying council staff a living wage. And we are keeping Council Tax down. At a time of Covid recovery every little helps for local families.”
“Our budget contrasts with the Conservatives and Lib Dems who want to spend a lot of money on Highways. Sure, our roads need improving but at this time of health and economic crisis we need to make hard choices about how we spend every penny and our communities should be our top priority.”
“Adult social care is all about promoting independence and well-being of disabled and older people, and informal carers. We believe this is vitally important. That’s why we are proposing a long-term plan. We can’t understand why the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats don’t want to do this.”
Aspiring County Councillor, Tim Andrews, Labour candidate in Fulbourn added
“I agree that communities should be at the heart of the County’s strategy. Local communities have come together during Covid. I want to harness that strength to build a better future for all of Cambridgeshire. That’s why we need more Labour councillors to put this budget into effect.”
This May we have the chance to change the balance on our county council, lets take this opportunity.