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Solihull Council shaves £33m off budget

Solihull council bosses have agreed to make £33 million worth of 'savings' over the next three years.

Solihull council bosses have agreed to make £33 million worth of ‘savings’ over the next three years.

But in a shock move, Liberal Democrat councillors voted against the council budget at last week’s full council meeting, claiming the details of the savings were ‘unclear.’

Leader of the council, Bob Sleigh has defended the savings, with hundreds of thousands also being ploughed into the budget to boost jobs.

The council is also working towards becoming a self-sufficient local authority, meaning eventually it will no longer be reliant on the Government grant.

Lib Dem councillors voted against the council budget for the first time in years, accusing the ruling Conservative group of asking for a ‘blank cheque budget’ because the details were ‘unclear.’

The leader of the Lib Dem group, Coun John Windmill, said: “This was not a decision we took lightly but the Conservatives are asking the people of Solihull to sign them a blank cheque.

“Conservative councillors repeatedly refused to explain how they arrived at these frankly optimistic assumptions about future council spending.

“As a result we just don’t know what the effect of these spending changes will be.”

But Coun Sleigh said all members have had ‘ample opportunity’ to discuss the budget.

“Instead, they have waited until the eleventh hour to vote against the budget without raising any prior concerns,” he said.

“This is very disappointing.”

 

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