2% It is as Independent Leader caves to Tory pressure

After many hours of debate and argument, the Conservatives budget amendment was passed after the 'Independent' leader, Cllr John Hipkin, changed his mind and voted with the Conservative group to allow their budget amendment through.

Their budget takes 2% for Adult Social Care, but also uses reserves to finance extra spending.

Liberal Democrats believe this is a disaster for Cambridgeshire, and specifically it's most vulnerable residents.

Cllr Ian Manning said "This will inevitably end up in further deep cuts to services, some of which could have been avoided by taking an extra 2% on top, all of around 45p/week.

It is also financially illiterate - using reserves in this way takes us to dangerous levels if there was a sudden emergency need to draw on them."

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