Liberal Democrat councillors in Sheffield have reacted to Labour controlled Sheffield City Council’s proposals for next year’s budget, which have been released today. Cllr Shaffaq Mohammed, Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group on Sheffield City Council, said:
“Instead of standing up for local people in the Town Hall, Labour councillors are choosing to do some deeply unpopular things. By insisting council officers reduce wasteful spending on things like senior management costs and consultants, some of these reductions to front line services could be avoided.
“I’m pleased that funding from the Coalition has brought about the freeze of Council Tax next year, which will help hard pressed families across Sheffield. I would urge Labour councillors to take the same approach with the £250m national fund on offer to keep the weekly bin service.”
Cllr Simon Clement-Jones, Liberal Democrat Shadow Cabinet member for Finance, said:
“This Council has to save money just like everyone else. However, since Labour came into power they have agreed to spend an extra £2.5m on the Park Hill project and have appointed 8 council officers who are on more than £50,000 a year salaries. This shows that there are real local choices to be made, but Labour are making the wrong decisions.
“Liberal Democrats will be putting forward alternatives to Labour’s choices when it comes to setting the budget next month. We will tackle some of Labour’s no-go areas, such as Trade Union costs, in an effort to protect local front line services.”