Labour candidate slams Tory ‘fair deal’ comment


In January, Conservative politicians pointed out that Northumberland County Council will lose just one per cent of its budget in the proposed local government finance deal, below the national average funding cut of 1.8 per cent.

But Labour’s parliamentary candidate and the county council’s business chairman, Scott Dickinson, hit back, saying the £3million cut was on top of £44million-worth of savings already announced.

He said: “How can the sacking of thousands of employees at the council, huge plans for privatisations where hundreds more would lose their jobs and a cost of living crisis designed in Tory central office be a ‘fair deal for Northumberland’?

“Local Tories are out of touch with the reality of life in Cameron’s Britain and this comment by the Tory group leader is evidence of this.

“Does he think the rise in the use of food banks and the unfair introduction of the bedroom tax is a fair deal for Northumberland too?”

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