Rebel Labour councillor Aaron Kiely to vote against budget

A REBEL Labour councillor has thrown down the gauntlet to his colleagues by declaring that he will be voting against the budget.

Ockendon councillor Aaron Kiely has been criticised for his attendance at meetings but he will be the centre of attention when he votes along with the Tories.

Thurrock Council will set its budget for the coming year at its Full Council meeting on Wednesday 27 February at 7pm at the Civic Offices in Grays.

Labour-run Thurrock Council is facing a reduction of government grant by £11.9 million over the next two financial years.

The Council budget proposes a series of cuts, job losses and increased charges.

Labour Councillor Aaron Kiely will be voting against the budget. Cllr Aaron Kiely said: “I am voting against the budget because I am opposed to the vast cuts the Tory-led government is making to our local council. I believe it is important to oppose these cuts and stand up for the people of Thurrock.

“The Tory-led government is slashing our public services, privatising the NHS and driving down living standards. This is a fundamental assault on the fabric of our society.

“A significant part of the Tories’ attack is the extraordinary cut being made to local council funding – more than 25 per cent is being slashed in real terms over the four years to 2015 nationally.

“There is no truth to Tory claims that these cuts are either good or necessary. Their policy has made the economy stagnate and is responsible for the rising public debt.

“Under the Tories the wealthy and their friends in the banks are becoming more prosperous – whilst austerity has been imposed on the rest of us. The rich are getting tax cuts, but people in Thurrock are having our living standards cut, with millions of pounds taken off our public services.”

Thurrock Council comprises of 25 Labour, 21 Conservatives, 2 Independents and 1 UKIP.

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