‘Knife-edge’ budget means ‘either future frontline cuts or big tax hike’

Sally Beardsworth in the Council Chamber of the Guildhall on Monday night

Sally Beardsworth in the Council Chamber of the Guildhall on Monday night

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The Northampton Borough Council budget will have to be slashed by 25 per cent in four years’ time because of loans taken out to boost Abington Street and other projects, opposition councillors have said.

The claims came at a budget-setting meeting at the Guildhall tonight, where opposition parties had their say on the Conservative administration’s finance plans for the coming years.

Liberal Democrats focused on figures that show the predicted budget deficit will be £14.9m within the five-year plan, partly becuase of plans to open up Abington Street to traffic, which is being paid for with a £3m loan.

 

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