Boston council leader joins call for end to cuts and ‘parity’ with Scotland ahead of George Osborne’s Autumn Statement

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The leader of Boston Borough Council has joined the call for ‘parity’ across the UK - and urged George Osborne to make no further cuts to his budget.

Peter Bedford was one of 119 council leaders who signed a letter to the Observer newspaper on Sunday ahead of the Autumn Statement today (Wednesday).

The letter states councils have ‘borne the brunt of austerity’ and calls for an end to cuts, as well as more powers and a fair deal in line with Scotland.

It states: “Further reductiuons without radical reform will have a detrimental impact on people’s quality of life and will lead to vital services being scaled back or lost altogether.”

It adds: “Last week the Smith Commission set out a better deal for Scotland, granting more control over funding and recognising the importance of devolving power down beyond Holyrood. It’s England’s turn now.”

Coun Bedford told The Standard: “We have done all that central Government has asked of us and more during the period of austerity – partnership working and cost savings.

“We will continue to do that all the time, but there comes a point where continued cuts will impact on services. We don’t want to reach that point.

“Scotland has more per capita than England. There should be parity across the borders and throughout the whole of the UK.”