Campaigners were left reeling today by news that services provided by East Riding Council will suffer further cuts whilst Council Tax shoots up.

At its budget meeting today, councillors will be told that government grant on the coming year will be cut by a further £14m.

Band D properties are expecting an £80 rise this year whilst bills have gone up by 20% in the last 3 years. In addition to the increase, local MP Graham Stuart voted on Tuesday for a cut in government grant which will see the authority forced to make savings of £39m on top of £169m of savings made since 2010

Speaking today, Beverley Labour’s George McManus said ‘These announcements are putting further pressure on hard pressed families.

Spending on services such as housing, schools, transport, youth services and the vulnerable have been slashed but bills are going up and our MP is voting for it. If this represents the ‘end of austerity’ then heaven help us, because the Tories won’t.”

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