LIB DEMS SECURE WINS FOR TRANSPORT AND PUBLIC HEALTH

After an eventful budget setting day at Shire Hall, Gloucestershire Liberal Democrats managed to secure £649,000 of amendments to Gloucestershire County Council’s budget.

More cash for bus services was one of the positives from the Lib Dem budget

Successful changes to the budget included more money for local highway priorities, £150,000 to subsidise public transport, significant extra funding for public health priorities and a cancelling of cuts to services for people with physical disabilities.

The full breakdown of Liberal Democrat successes is:

  • £265,000 additional funding for local highway priorities
  • £150,000 to subsidise public transport that isn’t self-supporting
  • £134,000 of cuts to services for people with a physical disabilities, scrapped
  • £50,000 of funding to train more people in suicide prevention
  • £50,000 to promote sexual health testing

Speaking on a successful day at the office, Cllr Hodgkinson, Lib Dem Group Leader, said:

“I am delighted that we have secured a raft of changes to the Conservative budget which will make a real difference to people’s lives. With huge year-on-year cuts to the Public Health budget, I am particularly pleased that we will be investing an additional £100,000 into key priorities; training frontline staff in suicide prevention and promoting sexual health testing.

“It is, however, disappointing to see that the Conservatives could not bring themselves to row back on ill-judged decisions on recycling centres and permit parking. I am sure the residents of Gloucestershire will make their dissatisfaction known in years to come.”