50p a month is ‘little comfort’

Published on: 28 Feb 2016

A POLITICAL row broke out after the Conservative-led South Gloucestershire Council opted to spend a Government windfall on reducing the fee for the green bin service.
The Tories, who had not been able to fulfil their election promise to scrap the £36 a year charge, announced they were “slashing £6 off the price of the charge for anyone taking out the service from 1st April 2016.”
Council leader Matthew Riddle said an improved financial settlement from Westminster meant they could “continue to provide top notch frontline services, look after our most vulnerable, knock £6 off the green bin charge and still balance our books responsibly.”
But Labour’s Ian Boulton said:  “Sadly the Tories also voted to cut 9 Police Community Support Officer roles and the Welfare Grant Scheme which provides emergency small grants to families in crisis situations. I know many of our most vulnerable residents depend on these services, and to explain that they have been cut while we save 50p per month on the green bin charge will provide them with little comfort.”

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