Congratulations are due to David Cameron’s mother, Mary, and aunt, Clare Currie, for doing what the rest of us could not – and stopping cuts to local authority-run services in their county.
The plaudits should, of course, be served up with a fair helping of sarcasm.
Can there be any doubt that the only reason Oxfordshire Council has halted its plan for £2 million of cuts to children’s centres and day centres for the elderly is that protests against the moves by Cameron’s relatives have embarrassed the prime minister? This is a Tory-run council, after all!
In a desperate move, Cameron set up a £300 million fund for Tory counties in southern England to cancel their cuts – but it doesn’t seem to have done much good; where Oxfordshire’s previous budget said it still had to find £11 million of cuts, the total has now risen to £15 million.
It seems clear that this is a result of the reprieve for care centres.
Will Cameron’s Mum and Aunt give up, now that the Blue-suits have given them what they want?
Or will they realise that they are being patronised and this is only a temporary reprieve in an attempt to get them to shut up?
Controversial cuts to elderly and children’s services in Oxford have been abandoned after opposing councillors reached a last-minute deal.
Around 200 people, including David Cameron’s aunt, had gathered outside County Hall to protest Oxfordshire County Council budget for 2016-17.
Elderly day centres and children’s centres had been in line for £2m cuts under the plans.
Members voted in favour of an amended budget.
The decision came after a private meeting between the Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrat groups.
Councillors voted 60 in favour and two against the new budget.
Political reporter Bethan Philips said: “In the previous budget they said they had £11m still to find, but now they are saying they have £15m to find.
“They may have just kicked the decision down the road.”
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