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Council Leader Slams Government

Thursday January 9 2014

Steve Houghton Steve Houghton

BARNSLEY Council leader Sir Steve Houghton has slammed government proposals to cut £174m earmarked for food and essentials for the poorest in society.

Sir Steve, who chairs SIGOMA, a group representing metropolitan councils throughout the country, said the government gave no warning on plans to ditch the £174m local welfare provision grant.

It's divided among councils to spend on emergency food, heating and white goods, and has been used to support the work of food banks.

He said the cut will come in during 2015, which is forecast to be the year when other cuts to council funding will be most felt.

He said: "This latest cut will take funding away from people who need it in times of crisis and is a further pressure on councils in deprived areas trying to provide for their most vulnerable residents.

"Not only is the government cutting council funding which allows us to provide for our most vulnerable people, but they're not even warning councils about it.

"With effects of welfare reform and huge council funding cuts already planned for 2015, councils are getting ever closer to breaking point."

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Reply Posted by t on Thursday January 9 2014 at 16:39
Great more cutbacks. Government need to get a grip

Reply Posted by ray on Thursday January 9 2014 at 16:54
Houghton doesn't careless, the tories helped him get his knighthood, he is a big hypocrite and he in returned opposed nothing they did, just rolled over on everything.

Self serving fraud.

Reply Posted by Tyke on Thursday January 9 2014 at 17:07
Tell me again how much Sir Steve gets paid. He's obviously not rushing to help them out.
I guess he got is knighthood from not standing against Dan Jarvis in the Labour selections for Barnsley MP, so it was probably Labour that helped him get his knighthood not the Tories!

Reply Posted by Fred on Thursday January 9 2014 at 17:40
Again, well said.

Reply Posted by steve Horton on Thursday January 9 2014 at 17:25
Tony johnson. Stop your filthy mouth, the answer is simple get a job you good for nothing layabout

Reply Posted by Andy on Thursday January 9 2014 at 18:22
Just say no we labour and other parties are not doing your dirty work

Reply Posted by steve75 on Thursday January 9 2014 at 18:54
Steve Horton, you jumped up little idiot. Do you Not think that If the jobs were out there, people would would be working. I have n.v.q's And g.c.s.e's coming out of my ears and still can't get a job. People like you make me sick, you judgemental cretin!!!!!!

Reply Posted by Tom on Friday January 10 2014 at 00:54
Keep trying pal, you'll get there eventually, hoepfully anyhow. It's tough at the minute and it has been for decades, but much tougher recently, gone are the days of full employment and wage rises sufficient to keep up with the cost of living.

All the attacks on the unemployed have done is undermine the bargaining power of labour further still increasing downwards pressure on wages.

Reply Posted by Fred on Thursday January 9 2014 at 19:05
It's the electric chair for you then steve75.

Reply Posted by steve75 on Thursday January 9 2014 at 19:47
At least I'll be warm Fred

Reply Posted by Kfc on Thursday January 9 2014 at 20:31
I'm interested to know how much of this money would have been allocated to Barnsley People and in the past, how much as Barnsley People had and whats it been spent on.

Never heard of this fund before.

Reply Posted by king louis on Thursday January 9 2014 at 21:31
The Tories now have developed two new class of people.. "The Working Poor" and "The Hopeless Young"

Reply Posted by Guilty as Sin on Thursday January 9 2014 at 21:45
Steve75 you might have gcse and OBE and all that boll is bit you have not got what today's employers want thick ****

Reply Posted by Tom on Friday January 10 2014 at 00:51
So you acknowledge not everybody can get a job?

Reply Posted by AHR on Friday January 10 2014 at 18:25
And more hits on the pocket when Council rents go up £5 a week in April !

Reply Posted by Oliver on Sunday January 12 2014 at 19:49
You'd think with all this pressure on council finances Sir Steve wouldn't had'nt blown a couple of million quid of council reserves on his shiny new fountains....... we'll, not until at least the economy picked back up anyway??! and before anyone says lottery grants...... only the museum was lottery money! At least they are pretty.

Reply Posted by ray on Monday January 13 2014 at 09:05
Also ask him why Debenhams the lynchpin of the new markets/shopping centre has pulled out? I bet investors are queueing up to invest in empty shops now.

Playing a blinder is Sir Steve, I'd rather have a monty python knight running the council than this idiot.

Reply Posted by STEVEO on Monday January 13 2014 at 14:05
Houghton slams Tories, now there's a shocker!

Whilst ever Houghton the numpty has been in power all he has done is bleat about Tory cuts.
I have news for you Stevey boy, why not get your own house in order first and stop bleating about how badly done to BMBC are, oh and whilst I'm on I do not know how you have the cheek to complain when last year you earned MORE money than the man charged to run the country.

Where is the Tuscan village and halo you promised us?
Where is the new market complex you promised us?
Where is the job creation you talk about?

You are your cohorts in your newly renovated municipal ivory tower have wasted MILLIONS on idiotic projects that have brought nothing to our town, I repeat NOTHING to our town.

A message to Houghton and co:


A message to the Labour voters of our town:


Reply Posted by Rog on Tuesday January 14 2014 at 21:41
Houghton, you haven't one principled bone in your body...you are a bloody disgrace.

Reply Posted by Rog on Tuesday January 14 2014 at 21:46
I love how an MP, and a councillor gets an award for 'service'...they haven't 'served'...they have been very well rewarded with huge salaries and pensions....