Cuts and Spending - Ealing Council Leader Responds
Julian Bell defends recent decisions
“The local Tories and LibDems are speaking as if they have nothing to do with the draconian cuts that are being enforced on Ealing Council by their national parties. This is a deeply dishonest and frankly breathtaking position for them to take.
''Faced with these unprecedented cuts the Labour administration is having to make very difficult decisions. One of those difficult decisions is to decide whether to close the Albert Dane Centre.
''The steps we have taken reflect the fact that service users and the disabled lobby have indicated their wish to move away from the traditional institutionalised day care model and use their personal budgets to access a variety of services which will help them to live an independent life in the wider community.
'' In these difficult times we are going to have to change the way we deliver services but we will not leave anyone without an alternative service that they themselves choose and are happy with.
'' Cllr Stacey’s first act in power in 2006 was to raise his own pay by 50%. When we had a chance to act we did, when Cllr Stacey had the chance to act on councillors allowances he awarded himself a massive pay rise.”
October 28th 2010