The Conservative Group on Cornwall Council has joined the calls upon the Liberal Democrat/Independent administration to reverse proposed cuts to Cornwall’s CAB that would see a massive reduction to the vital service across the Duchy.
Proposals on the table for the Council’s 2018 Budget would currently see a cut of 53% to the Citizens’ Advice budget down to £153,000 a year and would close up to seven branches.
Adam Paynter said yesterday that all budget proposals were up for discussion and the final budget for next year will be decided in February. He added that the original cut proposed had been to zero so the administration had already relented at a time when the cash available to the council to run services has dwindled.
Labour say they will force an amendment to the budget that Full Council will vote on to stop the cut.
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But the Conservative Leader says they’ve got the money there to stop the cut to CAB if they choose to. Commenting, Conservative Group Leader Cllr Phil Seeva said:
“This is another example of those in charge at Cornwall Council not using the considerable monetary resources allocated to them wisely.”
“At a time where they still seem to find money for their pet projects, it is frustrating to see cuts proposed for vital services for vulnerable people.”
“We asked a question on this at the last Cabinet meeting in November and I again call upon the Lib Dems and Independents running the council to see sense, look at their decision and reallocate money from one of their less essential projects or even the £200m of reserves that they have stashed away for a rainy day.”