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NEC Statement - Council funding crisis
The Liberal Party notes with grave concern the announcement from Conservative run Northamptonshire County Council that it is facing an imminent financial crisis and has imposed a section 114 notice, banning new expenditure.
After almost 8 years of unprecedented cuts to funding for public services, even Conservative run authorities are now reaching the end of their financial viability.
Last year saw the spectacle of Conservative run Surrey having to be lead away from a local referendum on increasing council tax beyond the 5% ceiling to allow it to continue funding services.
According to media report’s at least 10 other councils in England and Wales are in similar financial straits, with no sign of any acknowledgement from central government as to the long-term damage being done to public services.
The Liberal Party condemns the continued running down of the public sector and calls for proper and sustainable funding for council’s across the nation.

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