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

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.”