Liberal Democrat budget proposals focus on the most vulnerable residents. Cllr David Tutt, Leader of the Liberal Democrat group, explains:
“Conservatives talk about vulnerable people, but Liberal Democrats take action to support them. Our budget proposals are aimed at putting money back into the budget to support some of the people who have suffered most during Covid 19.
We will add £200,000 from the County’s Covid 19 money to support children’s mental health assessments and services. Many of our children have been badly affected by the lack of school attendance and it is vital that we help them to recover and catch up with their learning.
The Conservatives have put aside £880,000 for additional social services but have not said what this will be spent on. Liberal Democrats are proposing that this money should go towards providing training and information on respite services for carers, setting up a grant fund to support the voluntary sector, enhancing adult mental health support and most of all enabling the successful Community Hubs who have done so much for our local communities in the last year to grow and develop.
The £100,000 that has been set aside for economic development should go to help our local businesses by supporting business associations and their members.
Cllr Philip Daniel, Liberal Democrat Lead on Finance and Resources adds:
“Our climate change emergency initiatives are vital and fully in tune with cross-party thinking in the Council. It is bewildering that the Conservative Leadership put nothing in the budget to support those. We have done that while also putting forward social care measures that make a huge difference to our residents and are affordable. Why don’t the Conservatives get it in the first place?”