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Wirral councillor is quick to ignore inconvenient facts
11:36am Tuesday 11th February 2014 in Letters
COUNCILLOR Harry Smith trots out the usual Wirral Labour Party line that the council's budget woes are entirely the result of the Government's austerity measures – forced upon them after the last Labour Government crashed the economy (Globe Mailbox, February 4).
Unfortunately, his argument was undermined by the council’s own budget consultation, which was a little bit more honest in its description of where the £27.5m budget gap has come from.
In the What Really Matters section headed “Your Budget Explained”, the chief executive told residents that "due to a series of factors including bad financial management on our part, we have to correct our budgets for social care for adults and children – that will cost £14m".
This accounts for half of the budget reductions required for 2014/15.
But of course, as Cllr Smith knows, it's so much easier to ignore inconvenient facts.
Allan Brame, Oxton