Help Save Shropshire!

February 5, 2016 5:40 PM

I've recently had the task of chairing a group of Councillors to examine next year's budget. We were invited to the process rather late in the day, but we did our best to find out what impacts budget cuts are likely to have for residents, and whether the budget can be delivered without cutting services to unsafe levels. You can find the full report here:

201617 Budget Report

There is no doubt that rural councils across the UK have been dealt a heavy heavy blow by central government, and Shropshire is no exception. All areas of the council's services will be affected by deep cuts over the next 4 years, and as residents we will start to see the grass cut less regularly, the litter collected less often and some of our buses run less frequently. Services for vulnerable children and adults are under the spotlight too, and council officers are battling to find ways that they can spend less money without compromising safety or quality of life.

Can this circle be squared? I don't think so. The government's spending plans will change Council services beyond recognition. Are David Cameron and the Conservatives so out of touch that they don't know what damage their cuts will inflict? Perhaps they do know and just don't care.

On 12th February there will be a vote in parliament on the planned cuts to local government. Maybe, just maybe, enough Tory MPs will defy the government and vote against the plans and the dire cuts. Please write to or email our MP to persuade him to vote against the government on 12th February, and help save Shropshire services.

Write to Daniel Kawczynski MP, Flat 1, 17 Meadow Terrace, Shrewsbury, SY1 1PE