Lib Dem Councillors in Cambridgeshire have renewed their call for better funding for Cambridgeshire schools as a County Council report admits increasing problems.
Before Christmas, the Lib Dems proposed that the County Council lobby the government to improve local funding but the Conservatives rejected the idea.
Public services will suffer as the Conservatives refuse to face up to reality over the County Council’s finances.
In the current financial year, many services are way over budget and the situation is getting worse.
Conservative run Cambridgeshire County Council has a budget which is based on making massive savings in children’s social care, yet the numbers of children in care keep rising, leading to a £4 million overspend. The picture in Adult Social Care is heading in the same direction.
Conservative Councillors keep peddling the myth that they can provide for growing populations on a shrinking budget, but the figures tell a different story.
Lib Dems in Cambridgeshire want to see the County Council do a better job predicting the number of children needing school places in areas with new housing developments.
The call comes after the County Council finally admitted it had to change its assumptions about how many school-age children live in every 100 new homes.
Lib Dem Councillors in Cambridgeshire want local schools to get the funding they need to cope with inflation.
Without it, schools are having to axe teachers, cut back on the range of subjects available and are reducing support for children with learning difficulties.
“Schools are facing real-terms cuts to their budgets,” said Cllr Peter Downes. “The government has provided too little money for schools to cope with the last five years of inflation and I hope we can get cross-party support to press the government to rectify the situation.”
Cambridgeshire Lib Dems have renewed their call for the County Council not to increase care costs for the poorest elderly or disabled people and their carers.
The Conservatives are proposing to raise charges for people who receive Carers Allowances, Disability Allowance or Personal Independence Payments.
Liberal Democrat Councillors voiced their opposition to these cruel proposals at a County Council committee meeting on 9th November but the charges are back for more discussion tomorrow [Thurs 7 Dec].
Liberal Democrats across Cambridgeshire have welcomed the commitments given in the budget towards funding East-West Rail between Oxford and Cambridge.
This is something Lib Dem councillors have been campaigning for for years.
The concept of a new growth area linking Oxford and Cambridge was promoted by Nick Clegg in 2014, and the support from Lord Adonis and the national infrastructure commission for this concept is very welcome.
Liberal Democrats are pushing for real action to tackle air pollution around Cambridgeshire.
Lib Dem Councillors have persuaded the County Council to bring together key decision-makers from across the county to spread best practice on how to improve air quality as more evidence emerges about the damaging effect of air pollution on people’s health.
Liberal Democrats in Cambridgeshire say that Brexit is already having a dangerous impact on an already overstretched NHS.
The numbers of nurses from the EU registering an interest in working in our NHS has fallen by 90% nationally in recent months – a direct result of Brexit.
Vulnerable people receiving care will lose out under new plans from Cambridgeshire County Council.
Liberal Democrats on the County Council have expressed concern at the decision to charge people more for the care they receive if they are already receiving Carers Allowances, Disability Allowance or Personal Independence Payments.
“The Council will be taking money away some of the most vulnerable people in society,” said Cllr Lucy Nethsingha, Leader of the Lib Dem group on the County Council.
The proposals were discussed at the Adults Committee on 9th November and voted through by Conservative Councillors.
Cambridgeshire Lib Dems launch 2017 county election manifesto
On Friday afternoon Cambridgeshire Liberal Democrats will launch their election manifesto promising to offer a listening, caring and responsible alternative to the Conservatives at Shire Hall.
Download your copy of the manifesto here.