Remember when the leader of David Cameron’s own local authority, Oxfordshire Council, wrote to complain about the amount of cuts required by the Conservative Government?
At first, he unrealistically complained about the weight of his own policies on local authorities.
Then he offered Oxfordshire the advice of staff at 10 Downing Street – preferential treatment that breached the ministerial code.
Some of us complained bitterly about that, but we never heard about it again.
Now East Sussex Council has made the same complaint.
Will Cameron offer the same remedy?
The Conservative-run East Sussex council has written to the prime minister David Cameron to complain about cuts to its budget, saying they will “significantly reduce the quality of life” for people in the area.
The letter, also sent to the chancellor, George Osborne, and Greg Clark, the communities secretary, was signed by the leader of the council, Conservative Keith Glazier, plus the leaders of the council’s other party groupings, including Labour, the Liberal Democrats and the UK Independence party.
The council, which has always been Conservative-led, says it recognises the government’s “continued commitment to reduce the national deficit”, but that the expectations on the local authority to reduce spending were unrealistic.
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