LIB DEMS CALL FOR COMMITMENT TO A FAIRER HERTFORDSHIRE IN THE COUNTY COUNCIL’S NEW CORPORATE PLAN
Originally published by Hertfordshire Liberal Democrats
Liberal Democrats at Hertfordshire County Council have highlighted concerns that the new Corporate Plan fails to address issues of fairness, inequality or the detrimental impact of the cost of living crisis on Hertfordshire's residents. Hertfordshire County Council's new Corporate Plan was presented to the Resources and Performance Cabinet Panel on Friday 10 February by the Leader, Councillor Richard Roberts. Liberal Democrat members welcomed the inclusion in the Corporate Plan aspirations for a Greener and Healthier Hertfordshire and the commitment to tackle climate change through the Sustainable Hertfordshire Strategy. However, they raised significant concerns over the absence of any commitment to a Fairer Hertfordshire or policies to reduce inequality.
Liberal Democrat Opposition Spokesperson, Councillor Sally Symington said, "We are facing a cost of living crisis of a magnitude not witnessed since the 1970s. Already struggling residents will be hit shortly by increases in National Insurance, Council Tax, energy prices and further increases in the price of basic food provisions. These will impact disproportionately on residents across the county. We already know that 'levelling-up' needs to be applied just as much within Hertfordshire as it does between regions. I would love to see Hertfordshire County Council facing up to this and leading the way on committing to fairness within its Corporate Plan".