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Judith Rogerson: a desperately worrying fortnight for crucial public services in North Yorkshire

March 1, 2019 9:00 AM
In a letter published in this week's Harrogate Advertiser, PPC Judith Rogerson wrote:
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"It has been a desperately worrying fortnight for crucial public services in North Yorkshire. First we heard confirmation that Harrogate will not be getting the new mental health facility that we were previously promised and that there will be no new beds available in York. This was followed by the news that funding for the Pupil Referral Service is to be drastically cut meaning that the future looks bleak for Harrogate's excellent Grove Academy.
The damaging impact of these education cuts could have been prevented if NYCC had adopted an amendment to the budget put forward by the Liberal Democrats. That plan would have delayed the cuts giving the PRS time to reorganise and protect its crucial services. But instead Tory councillors unanimously voted to reject that amendment.
At the heart of both of these issues is a chronic lack of Government funding for our healthcare and education services. Meanwhile, Theresa May continues to plough billions of pounds into her disastrous Brexit plan. She does this knowing that, whatever kind of Brexit we get, it will make our country poorer. And our Tory MP Andrew Jones has supported her throughout. It is the most vulnerable people in our community who are suffering as a result.
Conservative politicians in North Yorkshire and Westminster urgently need to stop acting in their own interests and start putting first the people that they have been elected to represent."