Judith voted for part-privatisation plan 'to protect council services for elderly'
A HELSTON Cornwall councillor member has defended her decision to support the part-privatisation of some council services.
Councillor Judith Haycock said she had done so to protect frontline services provided by the council, especially care for the elderly.
She was asked by town councillor David Swift at Thursday's town council meeting why she had voted against fellow Helston councillor Andrew Wallis's motion opposing the decision to transfer some services to a private company.
Mrs Haycock told Mr Swift: "We have a small budget now, which is going to be smaller next year.
"If we're not careful there will be some frontline services which will have to be cut."
She said if Cornwall Council was not going to save money in one area, it would have to do so in another, and her concern was for elderly care.
"If we're not careful, we're going to have to cut from there," she said.
"That's my reason."
Helston has three Cornwall councillors. Mr Wallis is opposed to the move and Alec Robertson is also council leader, whose Cabinet is pushing through the project.