What the group lead­ers say about the bud­get...

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» Coun­cil­lor Mark Hawthorne (C, Quedge­ley), county coun­cil leader “Our com­mit­ment to go on sup­port­ing the most vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple in our county, in­vest­ing ever more in schools and in resur­fac­ing of our roads is clear for all to see in the bud­get agreed to­day.

“The mes­sage I got loud and clear when out talk­ing with peo­ple across the county was that we have the pri­or­i­ties and are in­vest plans are the right ones.

“Like the peo­ple of the county, we have an am­bi­tious vi­sion for the fu­ture of the county and the bud­get en­dorsed by Cab­i­net in Jan­uary and agreed by coun­cil to­day shows that we are de­liv­er­ing.” » Coun­cil­lor Paul Hodgkin­son (Bour­ton-on-the-wa­ter and North-

leach), Lib­eral Demo­crat leader “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.”

» Coun­cil­lor Les­ley Wil­liams (Stone­house), Labour leader “Our amend­ments agreed as part of the bud­get will go some way to help chil­dren and young peo­ple that need the coun­cil’s sup­port to en­sure they have the best pos­si­ble start in life and go onto be suc­cess­ful and en­gaged mem­bers of our com­mu­ni­ties.”

» The bud­get amend­ments made by the Greens, in­clud­ing greater in­vest­ment in cy­cling in­fra­struc­ture and cli­mate change pol­icy, were not ap­proved at the meet­ing.

The Green’s leader, coun­cil­lor Rachel Smith (Minch­in­hamp­ton), said in the coun­cil meet­ing that coun­cil­lors “need to act like our house is on fire and do some­thing be­fore it is too late”. [email protected]­plc.com

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