Council budget cuts will 'hit Worth Valley harder than inner city'

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Councillor Glen Miller Councillor Glen Miller

Proposed cuts to Bradford Council’s budget are hitting rural places such as the Worth Valley harder than the inner city according to a ward councillor.

Councillor Glen Miller, pictured, was addressing the latest meeting of Haworth, Cross Roads and Stanbury Parish Council last Monday.

“If we take out certain key indicators, Haworth is poorer than the centre of Keighley, which gets more resources,” he said. “The cuts are disproportionately aimed at rural areas. They are only proposed cuts at the moment, but that could change.”

Bradford Council’s leaders have warned they have to slash £115m from their budget in the next three years.

They have revealed that Haworth’s Treetops Children’s Centre is among seven such facilities across the district faced with having their funding withdrawn, to save £2.4m.

Responding to Coun Miller after the meeting, Bradford Council leader, Councillor David Green said: “The cuts are hitting everybody everywhere in the district.

“Instead of trying to make political capital, perhaps Coun Miller would be better off supporting councillors of all parties up and down the country who are making the point that the Government policy of imposing cuts on local government will make local government untenable.”

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