Praise for city council

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SHEFFIELD Council has been hailed as an example to other local authorities about how cuts can be implemented without slashing services.

Deputy Prime Minister and Hallam MP Nick Clegg praised the way the Lib Dem-run council has made £84 million of savings in the budget for the coming year.

He said: “I’m very struck in the city where I’m an MP that the Liberal Democrat council in Sheffield has kept every library open, every swimming pool open, hasn’t made any major cuts to adult social services and only 270 people will be laid off during the next year.

“Across the Pennines in Labour-controlled Manchester, 2,500 people have been laid off and almost everything has been closed across the whole of the city.”

“All local authorities, of whatever political persuasion, are having to face a very, very tough local government finance settlement. We’ve not hidden that fact.”

He was speaking at Deputy Prime Minister’s Questions.