Cut, cut, cut and nothing else, say Labour

Labour Group Leader Coun Grant Davey at Blyth's Isabella Centre.
Labour Group Leader Coun Grant Davey at Blyth's Isabella Centre.

In the Liberal Democrat county council ‘very little has happened at all apart from cut, cut, cut’, Labour group leader Coun Grant Davey said.

“In 2008, you had 8,500 kids in poverty, now it’s 11,000. Some 6,100 were on the housing waiting list, now it’s nearly 12,000.

“You have paid off 1,500 bread-winners from families in the last five years.

“I hope you are proud of that, because I think it’s absolutely disgraceful.”

The county had inherited money from a district council for a leisure centre and still did not have it off the ground.

“You talk about the A1 – you haven’t got the route planned, you don’t know the cost of it and you haven’t put the effort into it. But you like to talk it up and so does your MP for Berwick,” he said.

“We want to protect frontline services, we want to build hundreds of homes, we want to fix the potholes – proper road renewal.”

The first thing Labour would do after the May election was tackle the parish councils’ worries about dwindling income as many households would no longer be yielding council tax.

This year the county is passing on to parishes a more than £600,000 one-off transition grant from the Government, but there is no commitment to future aid.