From Bristol Labour Party
Little can be done to soften the impact of massive cuts in Bristol – says Labour.
Following the local elections when the Labour Party won 13 of the 24 seats Labour councillors had hoped that the Lib Dems in Bristol might modify their cuts agenda – but far from it – they would not even budge on reducing the 30 per cent increase they made on the cost of meals on wheels.
“The fact is that the Lib Dems have nailed their colours to the mast of this coalition government nationally, they seem more than happy to support the Conservatives and make cuts to the deprived and vulnerable in Bristol,” says Cllr Peter Hammond the Labour Leader
“During the election the scandalous increase cost of ‘meals on wheels’ featured in all of our leaflets – on the doorstep people were shocked that “nice” Lib Dems were capable of putting older people in the front line for cuts.”
With only on third of the seats up for election in Bristol – Labour won the local election battle, but not the war. Labour has insufficient councillors to prevent the Lib Dems from forming the next administration at the Council Meeting this afternoon. (May 17)
Other concessions have been wrung from the Lib Dems – but nothing on their cuts agenda.
“The government requires Bristol to make savings of another £42 million by 2015. The Lib Dems have shown they were keen to make cuts in the first year – but they’ll face difficulties over the next two years and council officers have revealed that no clear strategy for cuts exists beyond April 2012.
“But be warned – if the price for meals on wheels can go up by 30 per cent in Bristol no-one is safe from the “savage cuts” Nick Clegg promised as deputy Prime Minister,” said Cllr Hammond.