The Conservative run administration is attempting to flog off yet another 4 County Farms, from the dwindling County Farm Estate.
This is being done to prop up the dire situation on their overspending Revenue budget and to help other capital projects.
Sam Crabb. Shadow Cabinet spokesperson for Resources said “There are so few farms left now – that this represents more than 10% of the County Farm estate left owned by the County Council. With so few opportunities for young farmers in Somerset to rent this is a real blow. The Tories should not be selling off the crown jewels to prop up their financial mismanagement.”
“The County Councils finances are in a dire situation.”
The Conservative Cabinet running Somerset County Council have been discussing the possibility of declaring the Authority bankrupt. In the Revenue Outturn report the County Finance Director has informed the Cabinet that he may have to invoke Section 114 – which will mean that they have to bring in immediate savings to rectify the dire financial situation. The Government would also be advised that the County Council may not be able to pay all its bills!
Leader of the Opposition on Somerset County Council Jane Lock is calling for the Tory administration to change their minds on the devastating £300000 cut to public transport.
Jane said "the most harmful part of that decision means that carers can no longer travel along with those they support without paying, the only authority in the South West to do so. For those who are visually impaired it is particularly harsh, in a rural county like ours we should be making life easier for people with disabilities not tougher. The Government gave Somerset an extra £2.9 million to be spent on services, instead it has been stuffed into reserves."
Jane Lock, leader of the Liberal Democrat Group on Somerset County Council said :-
“The Conservatives who are reducing Somerset County Council to meltdown have imposed not one, not two, but THREE double whammies on the residents of Somerset in their budget.
Liberal Democrat County Leader Jane Lock has discovered that the Tory run Somerset County Council is paying over £1 million a month for Agency staff: Jane said:
"It is no wonder that the Tories have such trouble trying to balance the annual budget, whilst paying out over £1 million a month for Agency Social workers. This means that we are paying at least £6 million more a year than we should be paying if we were able to recruit full time staff"