Children’s Centres to close as taxpayers’ money to sit in council bank account

Lib Dem proposals to keep Cambridgeshire’s Children’s Centres open have been quoshed by the ruling Conservatives.

At Tuesday’s budget-setting meeting, Conservative Councillors voted to raise Council Tax 4.99% but put the money in the council’s bank account rather than go on public services.

And of course the Conservatives backed their own huge (30%) pay rise.

“Money raised from increasing the Council Tax should be invested in keeping our children’s centres open,” said Cllr Lucy Nethsingha, leader of the Liberal Democrat group.

“Instead the Conservatives are taking money from taxpayers and putting it into the council’s bank account.”

The Liberal Democrats had proposed an amendment to the budget that would have invested the tax increase in saving the children's centres, more bus services and better maintenance of footpaths, cycleways and roads.

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