Commenting on the news that £11 million of cuts to public services are to be implemented by Middlesbrough Borough Council due to severe reductions in funding from Tory Whitehall Chiefs the Member of Parliament for Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland, Tom Blenkinsop, said:
“Whilst the headline figure of ‘£11 million worth of cuts’ is frightening enough it gets much worse when you begin to look at the details. Up for the axe include over 200 workers livelihoods and closing Ayresome Industries, which provides employment to people with disabilities. These cuts will have disastrous personal impact on many people in Middlesbrough – none more so than the 220 staff who will go and Ayresome Industries employees who, if the abolishment of Remploy factories is anything to go by, will have a near impossible task of finding a new job.
“Then we have the far wider-reaching impact of the loss of a library in Hemlington, reductions in school crossing patrols and essential area maintenance such as grass cutting and green waste management. This is terrible news for the area and there will be extremely difficult times ahead.
“I’ll be working closely with councillors, local organisations and members of the public to mitigate the impact as best we can. Unfortunately, there is a simple truth that cannot be denied and that is the Tory Minister, Eric Pickles, is hitting North East councils significantly harder than those wealthy suburbs of the South.”