Monday, 11 December 2017

Demonstration staged against council cuts

MORE than 150 people staged a demonstration against cuts being made by Oxfordshire County Council

MORE than 150 people staged a demonstration against cuts being made by Oxfordshire County Council.

Protestors with banners and placards gathered outside County Hall in Oxford on Tuesday before the Conservative-controlled council’s cabinet voted to make savings of £69million on top of the £280million between 2010 and 2018 already agreed.

These include cuts to services such as children’s centres and subsidised buses.

Henley’s county councillor David Nimmo Smith said most of the protests were about the threat to the county’s 44 children’s centres, which include those in Henley and Sonning Common.

“They were quite passionate,” he said. “I fully understand what the problems and concerns are but at the end of the day the cabinet had to make a decision, not just on the children’s centres, but also on the budget as a whole.

“We don’t like what we’re doing but we’re being forced to do it. We’re being squeezed by the amount of money coming down from central Government and being required to protect statutory services and capped by the amount we can raise.”

The full council will meet to approve the budget on February 16.



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