Cllr Nick Peel, Leader of Bolton’s Labour group, described the impact of Coronavirus on council budgets as hugely worrying — and asked why the questions regarding finances had not been answered.

He said: “The council had already earmarked the remaining reserves to shore up this years budget. Bolton Council’s budget strategy is dependent on growth in business rates and there is a question mark over that.

“The main point is that 10 years of austerity has already seen a massive amount of money stripped from council budgets. If we did not have the decade of austerity we may have been able to get through this crisis. The situation we are in is that now councils across the country face bankruptcy.

“Council workers have been at the forefront of the fight against COVID-19 and it is immoral and unacceptable that they should again be at the brunt of any cuts resulting from this.

“I do not know why the council did not provide the answers to the questions regarding the impact of Coronavirus on budgets.”


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