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£3.4m budget cuts: Labour take to the streets ahead of Gloucester City Council showdown

By citizenmike  |  Posted: February 23, 2014

Councillor Kate Haigh, centre, Leader of the Gloucester Labour Group, with Lesley Williams, Leader of the County Council Labour Group talking to Tara Powell during a budget consultation

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BUDGET cuts in the region of £3.4million are set to be made on Thursday by Gloucester City Council.

The cuts are proposed to sweep right across the board, including for grants to voluntary and community organisations.

Labour councillors, who will challenge some parts of the budget set out by the Conservative administration, took to the streets last week to consult shoppers on the cuts.

They ran a stall in Eastgate Street to survey people as they walked by.

Councillor Kate Haigh, leader of the Labour group, said: “People were very positive about the changes that we want to make. We have got some concerns about what is in the budget and we felt that we needed to ask the public about them.”

A meeting on Thursday night will decide the budget for the coming financial year.

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  • socialista  |  February 27 2014, 9:09AM

    Tax Big Business like we used to and we could easily afford a comprehensive welfare state. The man David Cameron put in charge of making cuts in 2010 was Sir Philip Green - the UK`s biggest tax-dodger - a very clear sign of the politics behind the bogus claim that "we have to have cuts"! The PCS union has produced an excellent anti-austerity booklet entitled "There is an alternative: The case against cuts in public spending" which debunks the political scaremongering about the deficit and how to deal with it. http://tinyurl.com/387yesx Once you realise you`ve conned by all the 3 main parties (who all want to make massive cuts to our welfare state) you might want to get involved with your local anti-cuts group: http://tinyurl.com/b84y5m8

  • uk_socrates  |  February 24 2014, 11:33AM

    £3.4 million might sound a lot, but it depends what it was actually being spent on!. If it was being spent on £50k for non-jobs, then this is great news. I am sick and tired of seeing various charity and public sector jobs that pay £30k plus!.

  • Douglasknows  |  February 24 2014, 10:14AM

    I have to laugh at all the extra government workers that Labour employed when they were in power. Those same workers felt they were no longer Labour supporters and decided to cut their own throats and vote conservative. Lemmings spring to mind but thanks anyway.

  • supernova1  |  February 24 2014, 7:30AM

    While £3.4m sounds a lot, does anyone know what the total spend is, so that we can see what £3.4m is as a percentage?

  • toadhall99  |  February 24 2014, 5:57AM

    £50, 000 jobs being handed out £190, 000 refurbishments. What else don't we know about? And they still want cut. Shame on them.....

  • jackson99  |  February 24 2014, 12:46AM

    A good idea would be if all councillors had their allowences cut plus dont spend £190,000 to refurbish the Council reception.

  • Kay_Powell  |  February 23 2014, 11:04PM

    Apothegm, I was referring to my comment of 7.46pm. I just wonder why anyone would post using someone else's name, especially one apparently of the opposite sex. I don't know which Nick Thompson she is referring to - the one who works for Tony Blair, perhaps?

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  • Apothegm_  |  February 23 2014, 8:10PM

    Maybe to throw you off the scent? And what was the *****y comment?!

  • Kay_Powell  |  February 23 2014, 7:50PM

    Sorry, that was rather a *****y comment, on reflection. I just wonder why Samantha would post as nickthompson.

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  • Kay_Powell  |  February 23 2014, 7:46PM

    What a shame that 'Nick' will never read your thanks, though. ;)

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