Warrington Borough Council approves budget despite Labour rebel's objections (From Warrington Guardian)
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Warrington Borough Council approves budget despite Labour backlash
9:36am Tuesday 5th March 2013 in News
COUNCILLORS approved next year's budget which includes almost £14 million in cuts despite the Labour administration suffering a backlash from one of its own councillors.
Clr Kevin Bennett (LAB - Fairfield and Howley) voted against the budget and lashed out at his party's proposals.
He told the meeting of the full council last night: "Enough is enough, this administration is acting as agents of the coalition.
"Stop burying your heads in the sand and start listening to the alternatives.
" We need to send a strong message of defiance to this idealistic, uncaring, Tory led coalition Government and show the people of Warrington that we have got the guts to stand up to them."
Conservative councillors Sheila Woodyatt and Les Hoyle both abstained from voting on the budget. The Liberal Democrats and Conservative leader Clr Paul Kennedy voted in favour.
Among the raft of measures which will be brought in include a rise in council tax of 1.98 per cent.
Clr Russ Bowden, executive board member for corporate resources and assignments, oversaw the budget setting process.
After its approval he said: "In setting this budget we have tried to make as many of the necessary savings as possible through stamping out inefficiencies, reorganising services, using our buying power to secure better deals and by generating more income.
"However, the reality is we have done much of this already and this was a very challenging process for elected members and officers alike. The continuing cuts from government are hitting the town hard but we’re absolutely determined to deliver financial stability, investment opportunities and growth wherever possible."