£20Billion of Government Cuts Are Coming Your Way!

Well the true effects on life in Britain will be rammed home soon when the Government releases the deal its made with the spending departments. Four government departments have provisionally agreed deals on cuts amounting to nearly 30% of their budgets, George Osborne will announce today.

” If you voted Conservative, or if you didn’t vote at all, some will say you are getting what you asked for.” said Phil Bateman.

Now as one of the elected members for Wednesfield North, the questions I asked at the last Wednesfield North Police and Community Together meeting about “if the community was targeting the right  crime in the right areas of the Ward,” becomes even more pronounced.

Councillor Phil Bateman .” If you voted Conservative, or if you didn’t vote at all, some will say you are getting what you asked for.”

“I expect to see Concessionary bus & Train fares hit hard, maybe even the Fuel Duty rebate which is what a bus company receives from Government to support the general bus fares that bus users receive to mitigate any effects of higher fares on their travel.

I also expect more attacks on Local Government spending, which  will mean many more cuts to Council services, and many more job losses. Cuts that will likely hit road maintenance, economic development, leisure services, cultural services, and youth services. All in all another great wave of help and support to Cities and Towns across the Country. Also the new Universal Benefit scheme looks like it is to get a hit”.

In a speech at Imperial College, London, the Chancellor will state that he has reached “provisional settlements” with the Department for Transport, Department for Local Government and Communities, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and the Treasury.

Mr Osborne will say that “resource spending” – the day to day spending of the departments – will be cut by an average of 8% per year over the next four years. The Chancellor will say that the cuts – designed to help ensure a budget surplus by the end of this parliament – will help “protect working people” by making Britain “more resilient, safe and secure”.

Phil Bateman added ” So it looks like the people of Wolverhampton & Wednesfield as with others, are about to get a whiff of what this Conservative Government believes is the sweet smell of success that their axe will bring. – My view is that this so called fragrant aroma of success, is much more likely to be the whiff of Hell transmitted through a  sewer pipe.”

I very much fear for hard working families, young people, and pensioners on a low income, who  will feel the brunt of this Chancellor’s Blue Print.”

Phil Bateman

Phil Bateman is Married to Mary and lives in Wednesfield North. He was a long serving local politician having served previously on the now defunct West Midlands County Council... read more


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