In­sults fly in clash over ser­vice cuts

Burton Mail - - News - By ED­DIE BISKNELL

Barry West­ern de­bate and (in­set) traded jibes

sec­tor cut Lo­cal democ­racy re­porter in the real world, aus­ter­ity is still with us and caus­ing great hard­ship.

“Pub­lic ser­vices in Der­byshire, and the rest of the coun­try, are still fac­ing fur­ther bud­get cuts over the next few years. In Der­byshire, as in the rest of the coun­try, al­most nine years of fund­ing cuts have driven pub­lic ser­vices to break­ing point.

“Uni­ver­sal Credit roll-out is push­ing many peo­ple to the point of de­spair.”

Cllr West­ern re­ferred to a “damn­ing” re­port from the United Na­tion’s spe­cial rap­por­teur, Philip As­ton, who said “Bri­tish com­pas­sion for those who are suf­fer­ing has been re­placed by a puni­tive, mean-spir­ited, and of­ten cal­lous ap­proach”. She said that new terms such as “in-work poverty” were be­ing cre­ated due to aus­ter­ity.

Fel­low Labour coun­cil­lor Dave Allen said: “Food banks didn’t ex­ist un­til a few years ago but they are now an es­tab­lished part of so­ci­ety. Aus­ter­ity is still ram­pant and food banks are the proof.”

In re­sponse, Cllr Lewis said: “Food banks ex­isted un­der (Tony) Blair and (Gor­don) Brown. The Labour Party is the party of rank hypocrisy – dur­ing their ten­ure here they shone the light of Cor­bynism and Mo­men­tum ide­ol­ogy by fo­cus­ing their cuts on mak­ing the worst head­lines pos­si­ble.

“That’s why you’re over there and we’re over here,” he said, ges­tur­ing to the other side of the coun­cil cham­ber. The rul­ing party sits in the cen­tral seat­ing area.

The mo­tion to was re­jected by 37 votes to 20.

Coun­cil­lors at County Hall Lewi pu ic

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