Conservatives, Greens and Labour have so far responded directly to our article posted yesterday about proposed “community shares” designed to offset cuts in local services currently funded by Council Tax and via grants to local authorities from national Government.
(The original story is here.)
Here are those parties’ comments:
“It is not fair that pressure on public finances translates into cuts to essential services for those who needs them the most and we will oppose any further privatisation.
“The Green Party strongly believes that local provision and access to high quality public services such as schools, libraries, hospitals, nurseries, post offices and public transport are essential to maintain thriving communities and a good quality of life for all.
“However we do recognise that local groups can have a very positive role to play in supporting their communities; but some services can only be delivered properly by – and be the responsibility of – local authorities. Community-based activity should be fostered but need to be additional and complementary to local authority services.”
Green Party candidate for Sheffield Hallam
“Anything that pushes the running and provision closer to those people who require them should be welcomed. The third sector within the UK usually provides services more efficiently and effectively than bureaucratic monoliths of state. The fear is that the council tax payer will be paying twice for services they should receive from the local council; however I hope that the transfer of services to more local providers will provide better services, and more efficiency, that in turn will reduce the burden on the tax payer.”
Conservative Parliamentary Candidate
Sheffield Brightside & Hillsborough
“There are many exciting new ways of delivering local services and providing community resources that involve local charities, community and voluntary groups. I think its important that the government helps to develop these ideas and explores different ways of community ownership. I’d like to hear local people’s views on this issue.”
Paul Blomfield (via Tom Hunt Campaign Organiser, Sheffield Central Labour Party)
Labour Parliamentary Candidate
- NB: The Liberal Democrat response will be posted once (or if) received.
What do you think? Do you believe Council Tax payers should have to buy these new proposed “community shares” in order to fund local services?
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