Thursday, 7 February 2008

Call on Labour MP to explain support for poor deal for local Police and Fire Services

Liberal Democrats in Redcar and Cleveland are calling on Vera Baird MP to explain why she backed cash settlements for Cleveland Police and Fire Services that are the lowest in the country.

Vera Baird voted for Cleveland Police to have a rise of only 2.5%, the lowest given to any force. She also supported a rise of only 1% for Cleveland Fire Service, again the lowest.

“The low rise in the amount of money from central government to help pay towards Police and Fire costs will mean a tight year ahead for local services,” said Ian Swales, Liberal Democrats Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Redcar. "The rises are less than inflation. This will no doubt mean cuts in services and higher Council Tax bills. It is a case of pay more and get less under Labour."

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