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Friday, December 12, 2014

Stuart Davies hits back at budget debate critics

Llangollen county councillor Stuart Davies has sent out the following open letter on the subject of council cuts:

"I find it reprehensible that as a responsible Denbighshire county councillor I am having to vote for the council cuts so that we can set a legal budget!

"It is reprehensible that the Labour party members in DCC are refusing to vote for anything knowing full well that us responsible ones will set a legal budget.

"Having made the difficult and responsible choice I then find an anonymous Labour spokesperson sniping at me in the Press!

"Let me tell you how it is, the Welsh Government is the one who has foisted these cuts on us!

"The WG is the one who is in charge of the NHS which in North Wales alone is projected to overspend by £78 million! (This overspend to be addressed by chopping our budgets).

"The WG is the one who has spent £63 million on a failing airport in Cardiff with heavens knows how much more subsidy.

"The red herring about it being Central Government's fault is put forward, however they conveniently forget that it was their Liam Byrne who said, "we have spent all the money."

"I remind them that it is their people in WG who are forcing us to do this (Ann Jones is on the Finance Committee that did this).

"It was Chris Ruane who was in the previous administration which said, "we have spent all the money."

"The Labour councillors on DCC need to man up, they have been given every opportunity to engage in the budget setting process, it is time for them to take their responsibilities seriously and vote for the inevitable cuts."

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