Great Yarmouth Borough Council to call for end of austerity programme

Consumer spending grew at its weakest level since 2013 in the first three months of the year. Pictur

Consumer spending grew at its weakest level since 2013 in the first three months of the year. Picture: Sonya Duncan. Copyright: Archant 2016 - Credit: Sonya Duncan

A council is to write to the government demanding it ends its austerity programme and lifts the public service pay cap.

The Labour group at Great Yarmouth Borough Council proposed the motion, which was voted for on Thursday night by a full meeting of the authority.

The motion was carried 17-15 with two abstentions.

The motion said 'Now that the Government has found a Magic Money Tree and agreed to give £1 Billion to

the DUP.


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'We call upon this council to write to the Prime Minister Theresa May MP and Brandon Lewis MP, demanding an immediate abandonment of the Austerity programme and a lifting of the maximum 1% pay cap on our vital Public Services.'

The council, which sees the Conservatives as the largest party, will now write to the government and Mr Lewis calling for the changes.

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A record was made of how each councillor voted.

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