ROUND 157 in the cuts blame game and Ed Davey at the BBC reports that Lambeth Council is in hot water with Pickles over bus stop posters telling locals that services will be cut because of decisions stemming form the government. The council will be referred to financial watchdogs for ‘abuse of funds’, he reports.
Interesting quote from Pickles’s private secretary: “The government is not telling or forcing Lambeth to cut services – that is a decision the council are taking.”
Maybe it’s those big blue scissors the gov doesn’t like, as Camden Council
pulled a similar trick completed a similar exercise without sanction when its dressed bus stop with reminders of where the Town Hall thinks the blockage in the money pipe is. Just with slightly – slightly – subtler language.While waiting for the 168, passengers were told the cuts are ‘national government spending cuts’.
Those posters, I’m aware, remain a source of lasting irritation on opposition benches who say every penny counts when your cutting play centres. No word as yet from Pickles, however, on whether he thinks the rules were bent in Camden too.