Opinion divided in Rugby over spending plans

Catthorpe Interchange
Catthorpe Interchange
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A week after Rugby’s Cemex plant was featured on BBC 1’s Breakfast programme, Rugbeians have been giving their verdict on the Government’s spending plans.

The BBC interviewed Cemex’s director of public affairs and communications, Martin Casey about plans to invest £50bn on infrastructure. Within this is £540m to be spent on projects between Junctions 13 and 19 of the M1, including rebuilding the Catthorpe Interchange

Despite this, chancellor George Osborne announced Government spending still needs to fall a further £11.5bn. This means that Rugby Borough and Warwickshire County councils will have a further ten per cent budget cut and Warwickshire Police will have their budget cut by just under six per cent.

There is to be ten per cent cut in the budget of the Local Government and Communities department, but there will be £3bn capital spending on new houses. Council tax will be frozen for 2014-15 and 2015-16.

The announcements have split opinion. Pete McLaren of Rugby Trade Union and Socialist Coalition said: “George Osborne began his speech by repeating his lie that ‘we are all in this together’. How can we be when, in terms of public services lost, the TUC estimates that the poorest 10 per cent will suffer 15 times more than the richest?”

MP Mark Pawsey said it ensured fairness for people who work hard by further reforming welfare and capping welfare spending.

“He added: “194,000 people in the West Midlands are being taken out of income tax altogether and income tax is being cut for 1.98 million people in our area.”