Sensational news broke today that the Tory controlled Worcestershire County Council, which has local Wyre Forest big wig Tories sitting on it, tried to cover up the extent of the black hole in its finances. It could lead to it declaring bankruptcy like Northamptonshire Tory Council.

Wyre Forest Labour’s Stephen Brown said “I believe what’s happened demonstrates the folly of austerity in a climate of rising demand. There is simply insufficient Govt funding to provide what’s required, and the Tory County Council, which is wedded to austerity and doesn’t criticise it, has been living in a fantasy land thinking it can fit a quart into a pint pot.

Further, it demonstrates why the Cabinet model does not best serve the community that elects these politicians. It puts power in the hands of the few that creates an insular and authoritarian environment without challenge. It seeks to bury bad news rather than dealing with the issues. The myth that the Tories can be trusted to run the council and its finances is well and truly busted. The chickens are coming home to roost and significant efforts now need to be made to prevent Worcestershire becoming the next Northamptonshire. 

That Minister Sajid David’s own constituency sits in Worcestershire and he’s totally oblivious, shows he’s been spending too much time smearing Labour, like the rest of his cronies, and not putting enough attention into doing his own day job or concentrating on his own backyard. And what of our own local Tory MP Mark Garnier? What has he been doing whilst services have been cut and voted through by him? It’s no surprise the council is in crisis, just like our NHS. The common thread here is obvious – it’s the Tories, they couldn’t run a tap in a wash house without messing everything up.”

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