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Notts: Thousands sign up in fight against Government cuts

Coun Alan Rhodes

Coun Alan Rhodes

More than 3,000 people have joined a campaign calling for on the Government to give a fair deal to Notts’ public services.

Notts residents are amongst the worst hit in the country by Government funding cuts to local services.

Over the next two years Notts County Council will lose the equivalent of a £63 cut per person in funding to council cervices, which is double that of councils covering more affluent areas in the south.

Only five county councils in the country will see a bigger reduction in spending power than Notts County Council in the latest round of cuts to council services, despite Notts having some of the areas of highest deprivation in the country.

More than 900 people have already showed their support on-line at www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/fairdeal, while more than 2,200 more have signed paper petitions at events across the county. The online petition is available to sign until 31st March and will be presented to the Prime Minister in the spring.

Coun Alan Rhodes, Leader of Notts County Council, said: “Everyone living in Notts should feel very angry that they are being targeted for the most severe cuts in their services, just because of where they live. We are calling on individuals, businesses, other public bodies, faith groups, unions and politicians across the political divide to join us in appealing for a Fair Deal for Notts residents.”

“Worryingly, all the indications being given by the Government point to even more cuts in spending on public services in the future, so it is imperative we tell David Cameron that enough is enough.”

Notts County Council must make savings of £154million over the next three years due to Government cuts in funding.

Budget proposals for savings of more than £80million will be discussed by the council’s finance and property committee on 10th February before the final budget is agreed at full council on 27th Februar

 

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