The young, the elderly and the vulnerable will all be hit by the budget proposals being put before the RCT Labour Cabinet on 21st October. Thir proposed cuts pick on easy targets and, as we have already stated, in our opinion they are politically motivated. People do not matter to them, instead they choose to play political blame games.
The Cabinet may of course decide not to progress any of the suggestions to a formal consultation stage - they may simply be testing the water, in which case the games they are playing are even more devious.
There is already huge public opposition to the proposed cut backs in nursery education provision with almost 4000 people having joined a Facebook group opposing the idea. How much greater will that be when the word has had more time to spread?
They say that they are providing above the statutory minimum with regard to nursery education, and indeed that is the case, but what about other non-statutory provision within the Council that could be cut back on instead? Last time we checked there was no statutory obligation to produce an expensive Council newspaper, nor to have such a bloated Public Relations and Strategy Department.
There is certainly no statutory minimum that has to be spent on external consultants whilst the Council has such highly paid Officers in place - Officers who presumably are so highly paid because of the expertize they offer?
There are many other areas in which cuts could be made if the Labour administration weren't so eager to play politics.