The people of Stockton need a dedicated team of Labour councillors to provide a strong voice in tough times as the Councils have to come to terms with the Tory-led government’s cuts which could decimate local services.
We have seen great progress with services in recent year and there is even some light at the end of the tunnel with some improvements to the High Street with the new enterprise centre and plans for re-opening The Globe but much more needs to be done.
But across Stockton we have seen good services in everything from care of the elderly to education put in jeopardy as the Council has fought hard to cope with a budget cut of 28%. Whilst Labour councillors have fought hard to maintain services whilst stopping Council Tax increases this year, Tories in Grangefield, Fairfield and Hartburn have backed the cuts and refused to accept expenditure could have been reduced at a much slower pace whilst protecting jobs and services.
Liberal Democrats have simple kept their heads down and pretended that the cuts were being imposed by someone else’s Government – not one that is being propped up by their MPs in Parliament.
It is time for you to make clear to them all that you do not agree with their agenda hitting everything from health care to education.
Only a strong Labour Council with Stockton Labour councillors can provide a strong voice for you in these tough times, work to protect your services as far as possible and ensure you get the support you need with regular meetings with your councillors and newsletters telling you what is going on.