Local Liberal Democrat councillors are extremely worried about planned Conservative cuts to Wokingham Borough’s Children’s Centres and the Youth Services.
Over half a million pounds of cuts are coming, and judging from the Council’s own press release, they are set to hit hardest the children and youth of Woodley, Earley, Winnersh and Twyford.
Cllr Kay Gilder (South Lake ward) said “I am deeply worried that our local children and youth will suffer most from Conservative cuts. In February the Tories voted for £570,000a year to be cut from the budget of the youth service and children’s centres. The Lib Dems voted against this.
“In June, the Tories have asked people to ‘have a say and help make a difference’ but surely it would have been better to consult first and then adjust the budget, rather than the other way round? Conservatives and Lib Dems have very different views on consultation – the usual Conservative version tells people what they are going to get.
“In July, the Conservative Executive will make their final decision. Local Lib Dems have listened to local residents’ concerns and will be spearheading a petition to challenge the Conservative cuts to services for our young people.”