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Haverhill UKIP councillor calls for fire service to be safeguarded ahead of Suffolk County Council budget meeting

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A bid has been made to save people from paying extra for their brown bin collection and to maintain a full fire service cohort.

Tomorrow Suffolk County Council is looking to make £34.4m in savings when it sets its council tax but the labour group has called for changes which would safeguard the free organic waste collection service and hold off cuts to the fire service.

There is also concern at the impact on elderly and vulnerable people.

Suffolk needs to make £34.4m savings and is maintaining its general council tax levy.

But another £22.50 will go onto Band D properties as part of an adult social care fund levy.

People would be paying £1,149.03 a year as their portion of county council tax on a Band D property.

UKIP county councillor for Haverhill East and Kedington, Tony Brown, said he was against budget cuts to the fire saervice and said the council tax increase on social care meant the county had broken its promise not to increase taxation.

“I don’t think the administration has fought hard enough for our share of the budget. It has been all to willing to accept cuts and should be fighting harder,” he said.

Cllr Sandy Martin, leader of the labour group, said: “Haverhill residents need to know that their elderly and infirm relatives will be safely cared for when they need extra support. Care homes are struggling with the cuts from the Conservative Council.”

Haverhill Mayor and borough councillor Betty McLatchy said: “Haverhill is losing out on health and they are saying they will close the police desk. We also used to have a good neighbour scheme. Geographically it’s very difficult for people in Havehill. While we accept cuts have to be made the health service is practically bankrupt.”

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