Bolton Conservatives pass first budget with £23m in cuts

Bolton Conservatives have passed their first budget since taking control of the borough last year, with council tax going up 3%.

Part of the extra money raised will be for adult social care, with the rest going to Andy Burnham’s element for Police, fire, and transport.

Council leader David Greenhalgh said: “The party opposite, and now us on this side, have to make difficult decisions. Nobody enters politics to make cuts to services, but those decisions have to be made and with control comes responsibility.”

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Former council leader Linda Thomas said: “Our preventative agenda has been seriously undermined by the cuts.

“Community meals are a vital component of this, keeping people independently at home for longer.

“Providing just frozen meals at a much higher cost without the familiar interaction the elderly people expect and are used to is another way of undermining this agenda.”

 

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