Lib Dems warn National Service plan would see cuts to vital services in York after scrapping of £5,848,801 local fund

26 May 2024
York Outer Parliamentary Candidate

The Conservatives have said their plans would be paid for by slashing funding for local areas through the Shared Prosperity Fund from 2028-29, which funds projects that boost jobs and living standards, improve public services and build pride in local communities.

This fund has provided £5,848,801 of funding for York from 2022 to 2025. Local projects funded include support for small business to become more energy efficient, support for our retail, hospitality and rail sectors and investing into skills for adults out of work.

The Liberal Democrats said it showed the Conservative Party had completely the wrong priorities, and called on the government to reverse their plans to slashed troop numbers by 10,000 instead.

Liberal Democrat candidate for York Outer, Andrew Hollyer commented:

“The Conservative Party has already done so much damage to people’s living standards and public services in York with all their chaos.

“Now they want to slash funding for local services to pay for their hare-brained plans for a National Service, which are nothing but a desperate distraction from the government’s record of failure on the NHS and economy.

“If the Conservatives were serious about defending Britain’s security, they would reverse their plans to cut the Army by 10,000 troops.”

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