Councillor Cliff Morris, Leader of Bolton Council, commenting on the Spring Budget, said:
“Year-on-year cuts to our budget at the Council has left us with hard decisions to make under this government’s austerity agenda.
“Over £4bn has already been cut by the government in Adult Social Care and now the Chancellor claims his government will address the care crisis with £2billion for councils across England over the next 3 years. This is a half-hearted deal for local taxpayers in Bolton who bear the heaviest burden of the growing social care bill because of this government’s utter complacency.
“In Bolton, we support our small businesses in every way we can because local Labour believes they are the backbone of our local economy, from Horwich, to Farnworth, to Westhoughton, but with the detail around this is yet to be confirmed, this £300m is a smoke and mirrors game by the government yet again.
“And as a growing university and industrial town, with Logistics North on our doorstep, I am behind our students and apprentices. I am disappointed this government forces our young people into debt and it is even more heart-breaking that Apprenticeships will not benefit from exemption or further support to help them get on and get ahead in these professions.”