Anger at mayor's plan to cut budget
Plans to "salami slice" £10 million from council services by Torbay's elected mayor will leave the authority "deficient" and "not viable", critics have warned.
Tory leader Gordon Oliver has published proposals to reduce Torbay council's £137 million budget next year, a "painful" round of cuts which could in some cases could lead to the scrapping of services. Opponents said Mr Oliver was "fiddling while Rome burns" and claimed many departments were already "cut to the bone".
Many have questioned the decision to continue to hand £750,000 each year in subsidy to the Riviera International Conference Centre.
Mr Oliver said the council "simply cannot sustain the yearly level of cut that central government requires without cutting services".
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Labour said "whole departments are a risk" and warned that "sooner or later there will be nothing left to cut".
UKIP called for a more radical approach and said people must to "get used to" less services being provided by their local authority.
Lib Dem MP Adrian Sanders said it was "a poor way of running an authority."