04 March 2011

Richest borough K&C cuts services to neediest rather than touch £148m reserves

The Evening Standard has revealed that Tory Kensington & Chelsea, Britain's richest borough, has refused to use its unexpectedly high £148 million cash reserves to save services for elderly and mentally ill Londoners and children, preferring to cut by £23m instead. See full story here.

Reserves are rainy day money to be used to protect people when times are toughest, as now. By not using them, is K&C ruthlessly preparing the ground for its "triborough" partnership with fellow Tory slashers Hammersmith & Fulham and Westminster councils? Is a rush to the bottom what this cosy arrangement is really all about?

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