Lib Dems warn National Service plan would see cuts to vital services in Babergh after scrapping of £1m local fund

27 May 2024
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The Liberal Democrats have warned that the Conservative Party’s plans to spend £2.5 billion on National Service would lead to cuts to vital services in South Suffolk. 

The Conservatives have said their plans would be paid for by slashing funding for local areas through the Shared Prosperity Fund from 2028-29, which funds projects that boost jobs and living standards, improve public services and build pride in local communities. These funds when launched were claimed to be a key part of the levelling up agenda. 

This fund has provided £1 million of funding for South Suffolk from 2022 to 2025.

The Liberal Democrats said it showed the Conservative Party had completely the wrong priorities, and called on the government to reverse their plans to slashed troop numbers by 10,000 instead of using young, untrained people on national service. 

Liberal Democrat spokesperson for South Suffolk Tom Bartleet commented:  

“The Conservative Party has already done so much damage to people’s living standards and public services in South Suffolk with all their chaos.

“Now they want to slash funding for local services to pay for their hare-brained plans for a National Service, which are nothing but a desperate distraction from the government’s record of failure on the NHS and economy.

“If the Conservatives were serious about defending Britain’s security, they would reverse their plans to cut the Army by 10,000 troops.”

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