COUNCIL leader Cllr Terry O'Neill fears 'austerity is not going to end' – and believes the Government does not 'care about places like Warrington'.

Tory ministers came in for strong criticism throughout Monday's executive board meeting at the Town Hall.

The authority has faced around £100 million worth of cuts since 2010.

Cllr Hans Mundry, executive board member for highways, transportation and public realm, said: "We really need to start recognising who is damaging local authorities and who is damaging towns like Warrington."

Cllr O'Neill (LAB – Burtonwood and Winwick) also hit out at the Government and claimed the council is 'being forced to make decisions'.

He added: "Austerity is not going to end – there is no sign of it ending in the Budget that the Chancellor gave.

"I don't think the Government cares about places like Warrington, or north of Birmingham."