Council chiefs lock horns over cuts

St Helens Town Hall.
St Helens Town Hall.
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TOWN Hall chiefs unanimously approved a budget plan last night which will see council tax cut by 0.5 per cent.

But council leader Marie Rimmer attacked the coalition government for imposing yet more cuts to squeeze the council’s coffers.

She described the cuts as “sick, evil and immoral”.

Local Lib Dem leader Steph Topping admitted there was no point trying to defend the cuts, but argued that the UK’s financial crisis was sparked on the Labour party’s watch.

But Tory councillor Allan Jones said there was no point in arguing over who was to blame for the country’s financial malaise - simply saying “we are where we are”.

For a full report, see next week’s St Helens Reporter.