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Labour councillors: "Children are falling off the radar"

Labour Councillors seek better funding as Central Bedfordshire Council sets its budget.

Both Labour councillors have spoken out against aspects of this year’s proposed Central Bedfordshire Council budget.

Cllr. Antonia Ryan condemned the criteria changes for early help for children as adding more pressure on early help without any additional funding. “Children are falling off the radar,” she said.

There are services that are already under-resourced and overstretched with long waiting lists, and this budget could potentially put more pressure on earned help.

We have seen a reduction of 27 staff across Central Bedfordshire Council for volunteers in 2016 and a further 35 expected for 201. Is the council satisfied that this budget put forward for children's services will help to improve our families' lives?"

Cllr.Tony Swain argued that services would be put at risk by the authority's decision to lower the council tax increase from 1.75% to 1.5%.

"We feel as a Labour group that we can't support this, and the council should have put forward the 1.75%.

We feel that the loss of money could cause the council to suffer in coming years."

Joining the Labour Group's opposition on this issue, independent councillor Adam Zerny accused the authority of "failing elderly residents," going on to say that refusing to acknowledge a problem does not mean it will go away.


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