The axe is hanging over Calderdale Council

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Calderdale Council needs to decide what it is for, says a leading Calderdale councillor.

Huge cuts in government funding mean that non-statutory services are facing the axe and by 2029, all the money that it receives from the government or raises locally could be swallowed up by the cost of child and adult social care.

“If we don’t take a really fundamental look at the way we deliver services, we face being swamped by demand for social services alone,” said Coun John Beacroft-Mitchell (Lib-Dem, Ludd Foot).

He has called for a return to the spirit of civic enterprise which he said was the bedrock on which councils had first been established.

“Many services in the future may have to be delivered by charities, faith groups, businesses, local communities or not at all,” he said.”

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