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Chancellor promises end of austerity, but no end to Oldham Council funding cuts

The Leader of the Opposition and of the Liberal Democrat Group, Councillor Howard Sykes MBE, has welcomed the promise by the Chancellor of the Exchequer in today’s Budget that ‘austerity is coming to an end’ and his recognition that local authorities have ‘significantly contributed’ towards the UK Government in addressing austerity, albeit through being forced to accept swingeing general cuts to their funding.

Councillor Sykes has also welcomed the promised extra funding to tackle potholes across the country and for new services to help those in mental health crisis, contemplating suicide, or living with infirmity or disabilities; however the Chancellor was short on detail when it came to rolling back the massive funding cuts that local authorities have faced since 2010.

“Some of this so called funding will not happen for a couple of years so is very much a promise of jam tomorrow,” stated Councillor Sykes.  “Also all bets are off budget wise if Brexit negotiations do not go well.”

He added:  “It is easy to promise an end to austerity, but the ‘hard working British public’ that Mr Hammond spoke so warmly of rely on the council services that have been cut to the bone, and in some cases just stopped providing them under this Conservative Government.”

“Our green spaces, cemeteries, parks and alike will continue to look even more unloved.  Streets will be dirtier, basic maintenance stopped in places our libraries and community centres some time ago.”

“The Chancellor failed to pull out a ‘promised rabbit’ for local government and other public services like police and fire.  He talked a lot about councils gaining ‘greater control’ over finances by allowing them to retain business rates and by lifting the housing cap, but the rate support grant that councils rely upon is being phased out by 2020.  For us, austerity does not seem to be coming to an end anytime soon in fact it just took a turn for the worse in our Borough.”

First Bus timetable changes from 28 October 2018

From Sunday 28 October, First Bus will be making changes to the timetables of some of their services.

The following services will be affected by the changes: V1, 2, 24, 33, 42, 58, 59, 93, 97/98, 100, 135, 163, 180, 181/182, 350, 409, 415, 425, 582 and X39.

Unfortunately service 42 will be withdrawn (East Didsbury – Manchester route only), but for customers wanting to travel between Withington and Manchester our 41 service will provide an alternative.

Please make sure you check their new timetables before you travel.  See link below.

Countryside Volunteer Rangers Crompton Moor 28 October 18

Another volunteering Sunday falls upon us, so I hope you can join me for some drainage maintenance on the access road, amongst other tasks, although this will be dependent upon materials and tools being available.

The weather forecast for Sunday is sunny intervals and a moderate breeze, likely high / low of 8Âș/2Âș and 12 mph winds so ensure you have your favourite hot & or cold liquids, warm clothing, appropriate footwear and a packed lunch if you are up for the day – it may feel colder than it really is.

If you have any issues that you may wish to discuss prior to Sunday, please do not hesitate to email (on either address) or text / phone me on 07961107860. REMEMBER the clocks go back, & I would not want you to be early [!], although for this particular Sunday only I will be up from ~ 0930 onwards.

For those of you that have not already done so, please could you let me know if you intend to join us on the day, so that I can make the appropriate plan of work, and hopefully ensure the correct material and or tools are available on the day.

I look forward to seeing you in the Crompton Moor Car Park from 10.30 onwards (or earlier if it suits you also) on Sunday. Thank you.

Kindest Regards – Edward John Fulton (aka Ed / Eddie). Countryside Volunteer Ranger, (Mob) 07961 107860 [Calls may be recorded], (Text) 07961 107860, (Fax)  01706 661813, (E) , (E)