We believe that the cuts in funding to Darlington Borough Council and the other councils in the North East imposed by this coalition government are too severe and unfair. Since the Coalition came to power over 500 jobs have been lost at Darlington Council, all of which affect our services. The Council has closed our Arts Centre, plans to close the Kids & Co nurseries & sell Stressholme golf course. Over the next year the Council intends to make a further £14.5m cuts - all services are under threat. The government’s austerity programme is not working. Our economy is on its knees. Where will it end? We call on government to: Stop the cuts to Local Government & Ensure that funding to Darlington is fair.