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Monday 30 November 2015

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Fleetwood's TUSC councillor leads opposition to Lancashire county council cuts

The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) Fleetwood Town councillor Simon Roberts has been leading the opposition to plans by the Labour-led Lancashire County Council to make further devastating cuts to local public services.

A local paper picked up Simon's support for a protest at the county council's next full meeting on December 17, reporting that the £65 million cuts include "the removal of bus subsidies, funding for the Knott End ferry and Fleetwood Museum, among many others".

In total, it went on, "the latest cuts will cost the equivalent of 367 full-time jobs and include closing 40 libraries, withdrawing funding from five museums, axing of £7.5m bus service subsidies, £2.8m reductions in the highways budget and a major shake-up in the way the council delivers its remaining services and the closure and sale of many council buildings".

The paper quotes the Labour leader of the council Jennifer Mein saying that "the decisions we have taken are heartbreaking but reflect the unprecedented financial situation we face", with the council having "no alternative but to push through the economies because of central government funding cuts".

But Simon is quoted as saying "the Labour-controlled county council should refuse to do the Tories' dirty work. They will not stop unless we fight-back".

A meeting is to be convened in January in Fleetwood by the Town Council, and Simon pledges that he "will be pushing for this to be a council of war in defence of our town".

The full report can be found at: http://www.fleetwoodtoday.co.uk/news/councillor-calls-for-cuts-protest-outside-county-hall-during-full-meeting-1-7596031#ixzz3szVKmxuH