Where £38m of savings will be made in 2015-16

Coun. Steve Tulley is angry council have decided to close Minsthorpe pool for good

Coun. Steve Tulley is angry council have decided to close Minsthorpe pool for good

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Labour councillor Steve Tulley is facing disciplinary action for taking a stand against Wakefield Council’s budget.

Coun Tulley, who is also a South Elmsall town councillor, voted against the budget as he disagrees with the district authority withholding a council tax support grant from town and parish councils.

The grant is worth £40,000 to South Elmsall Town Council and £100,906 to Hemsworth Town Council. He was the only Labour member to go against the report, which was passed at the meeting last Wednesday.

Coun Tulley said: “This speech is probably the last one I will make as a Labour councillor as I am breaking the rules.

“I have never been disloyal but as far as I can see, we have got money made available by central government for town and parish councils and that should be passed on. I have always been party-consistent with my views. I accept what it says in the rules about policy. But I cannot support this motion.”

The agreed budget will see council tax rise by 1.99 per cent and 1,400 jobs lost. The council needs to make £61m of cuts during the next two years and the report also outlined how savings will be made in 2015-16.

There will be huge cuts to adult services, children’s services and arts and culture.

A proposal by the Conservatives to freeze council tax was rejected by Labour councillors.

Coun Peter Box, leader of Wakefield council, said: “By 2018 we anticipate our spending will have reduced by one third. No council is able to absorb cuts of this scale without affecting local people and local communities.”