In response to Lancashire County Council’s budget consultation, West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper said:
“I cannot believe that Conservative-run Lancashire County Council are literally proposing to turn the lights off on the people of West Lancashire in this budget for the next three years.
“We all accept that savings need to be made but I absolutely reject the focus of the service CUTS and the people that this budget will affect. I do not believe it is fair or equitable. If this is what the Conservative’s call sharing the pain, then I believe the message from West Lancashire residents will be ‘no thanks’.
“With the target of cutting £179 million over three years there is no doubt that vital frontline services which West Lancashire residents rely on everyday will be severely affected., including people with disabilities, the elderly requiring care, and children with special educational needs. These are some of the most vulnerable people in our communities yet it would appear that those most in need of support will bear the brunt of these budget decisions.
“It is clear there will also be extensive job losses as well which will hit a huge number of hard-working families extremely hard right across Lancashire.
“My grave concern is that the budget cuts, the introduction of charges, the reduction in services and the loss of jobs will be felt by the people of West Lancashire for many years beyond the three years of this budget plan. I also suspect that this is just the tip of the iceberg and there is more to come from the Conservative-run County Council.”