In her capacity as founder/supporter of Bromley Cuts Concern; Ann Garrett is posting this letter for the attention of local media and all borough residents -
It is worrying to see that a new round of cuts of £13.5m is planned by Bromley Council. This will include support for children with educational needs, disabled people, the elderly, and street cleaning and will mean further loss of jobs. Funding for the Citizens Advise Bureau - a valuable service for many people, especially those who are disadvantaged will be cut by £32,000.
Once again the council will no doubt refuse to use their high reserves, and with public morale at a low ebb after so many job and service cuts last year, this will further impact on the most vulnerable, and those generally trying to make ends meet.
Many people have stated during last year's consultation meetings with Bromley Council that they would rather see the council tax raised in order to save and re-instate essential public services and create new jobs. With banker's bonuses and tax evasion still prominent in the news, the public has little sympathy for cuts.
Be at the Bromley Civic Centre by 7.00pm on Monday February 20th when the cuts which have been outlined in the draft budget will go before the full council for approval.