A Lib-Dem MP makes a promise to a constituent
Petersfield councillors are celebrating after being given the ‘freedom’ to slash their own services.
The Con-Dem coalition government is planning to ‘empower’ local councils to ‘get more for less’ - shortly after decimating spending on everything from schools to skate parks and libraries to lesbian drop-in centres.
If services have to be cut ministers have generously told councils “No, you tell them…”
And Lib-Dem councillors – who were previously opposed to slashing public services – are now backing the move as “a victory for localism”.
Cllr Philip Flop, who signed a pledge to protect Petersfield from cuts before the last election, said: “This is a victory for localism.”
He added: “We Liberals have always wanted a little bit of power and now we’ve got it we intend to use it. I may even sack myself…”
Petersfield’s Tory MP Damian Hindsight said: “It’s nothing to do with me, all decisions on local spending are down to the council.”