Ann’s response to proposed cuts by Denbighshire Council

Labour AM for the Vale of Clwyd, Ann Jones has issued her formal response to the proposed cuts of Denbighshire County Council.

In her response, Ms Jones attacked proposed cuts to CCTV, street cleansing and the work of trading standards as being detrimental to on-going work to regenerate town centres and improve the local economy.

She also made her opposition to cuts in vital education programmes clear as they would affect those most in need.

Ann said: “Due to cuts coming from the Tory-led UK Government in Westminster, I recognise that Denbighshire has a tough task to make the savings they need.

“However, their proposed cuts have seemingly been made with absolutely no regard to the knock-on effect of how this will impact the people, businesses and communities of Denbighshire. I have grave concerns that their regressive cuts to education will harm those who need support the most – their proposal to abolish the school uniform grant will put further financial pressure on families.

“Cuts to CCTV provision in our town centres will put up insurance premiums for small businesses. Our high streets are still recovering and these cuts will be a further kick in the teeth for them.

“Denbighshire seem to know the cost of everything and the value of nothing. Proposals to charge for entry to Rhyl’s Drift Park are morally wrong.

“The Council need to go back to the drawing board and develop proposals that do not do substantial harm to our local area. Denbighshire should revisit their proposals, publish impact assessments and cost benefit analysis documents, and provide concrete evidence that they have explored all avenue in their own backyard before suggesting knee jerk, damaging cuts to our communities”.