Wokingham Liberal Democrats are outraged that the Conservatives on Wokingham Borough Council have approved a budget which doesn’t stack up. Hidden in the budget papers was a reference to ‘significant supplementary estimates’. This means that the Conservatives have failed to put funding in the budget to cover all their planned spending.
Cllr Prue Bray, leader of the Liberal Democrats on Wokingham Borough Council, said: ‘The Conservatives know they are going to spend money that they haven’t put in the budget. This sleight of hand is unprecedented in the history of budget setting at Wokingham Borough Council. I just wonder what the Conservatives are trying to hide.
‘If the Conservatives had included this money in the budget, the Council Tax increase would have been much, much higher. By playing a trick like this, they are keeping the Council Tax increase artificially low. That might seem good to residents in the short-