This year, the Conservative Government in Westminster is yet again failing to fund local authorities properly. It’s clear that the Conservative Party just doesn’t care about cities like Hull.
Because of national pressures, the Liberal Democrats recognise there is now little alternative to raising Council Tax. It is critical that funding is available for frontline services, but unlike Labour, we will work to make residents’ money go further by being more efficient and effective with the limited resources available to the Council.
A Liberal Democrat Council will start by getting its own house in order – we will cut special allowances for councillors, reduce costs at the Guildhall and will improve the delivery of services to give residents real value for money.
The Labour administration in Hull is enabling the government’s austerity agenda. While frontline services continue to struggle, Labour wants to stash more money into reserves instead of insisting on more from central government.
We need to send a clear message to government: residents in Hull demand better. Westminster politicians need to know that there is no spare cash – we need a fair deal, and we need it now.