Call for re-think on cuts hitting East Lancashire disabled people

A VETERAN councillor is urging county council chiefs to reconsider cuts totalling £5million to the adult and community services budget.

County Coun Malcolm Pritchard, a former Mayor of Hyndburn, has called on the authority’s leader, County Coun Geoff Driver, to reconsider reductions, confirmed as part of the third year of a three-year spending programme.

Coun Pritchard said that four years ago, when Coun Driver was interviewed on television, he pledged that his administration would not cut services which would ‘hit the most vulnerable people in society’.

But he told a full council meeting that Lancashire was following the same lead as Whitehall in cutting money to services for the disabled.

Coun Pritchard said: “This is an issue which is very, very dear to me, because everyone in this room knows how much I fight for the disabled.”

He said that he welcomed the investment in dementia services, but was concerned at the heavy reductions in day centre services, which were vital for many elderly, and disabled, people across Lancashire.

Coun Mohammed Iqbal, who represents Brierfield and Nelson North, said that the budget was the last throw of the dice by ‘Desperate Geoff and his friends’ before the county elections.

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10:35pm Wed 27 Feb 13

ToffeeGuy says...

.....cutting money to services for the disabled.

Can't be said often enough. Same old Tories. The nasty party.
.....cutting money to services for the disabled. Can't be said often enough. Same old Tories. The nasty party. ToffeeGuy

11:06pm Wed 27 Feb 13

retsofad says...

Well let's hope that the people of Nelson North and Brierfield remember that Cllr Iqbal is said to be earning £50,000 per year from the Council purse
We need to get rid of a sponger who only works to fill his pockets with cash paid by the Tax payers of Lancashire.

Come on Iqbal tell the truth stop gobbing off and let the people you are representing know what your worth!!!!!
Well let's hope that the people of Nelson North and Brierfield remember that Cllr Iqbal is said to be earning £50,000 per year from the Council purse We need to get rid of a sponger who only works to fill his pockets with cash paid by the Tax payers of Lancashire. Come on Iqbal tell the truth stop gobbing off and let the people you are representing know what your worth!!!!! retsofad

2:48pm Sun 3 Mar 13

accrington blue says...

Well said Councillor Pritchard. David Cameron said in October 2012: 'We should judge society on how we deal with needy and vulerable people'. I sincerely hope Councillor Driver sticks to what he said.
Well said Councillor Pritchard. David Cameron said in October 2012: 'We should judge society on how we deal with needy and vulerable people'. I sincerely hope Councillor Driver sticks to what he said. accrington blue

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