Community wardens across Kent are to be slashed by half as part of a cost-cutting drive by Kent County Council. The cuts, which will see these much-valued local workers reduced from 79 to 40, are part of an attempt by the Conservative-run council to trim £1m from its budget.
A petition has been launched to save wardens in and around Maidstone after Liberal Democrats warned that many vulnerable people, young and old, would be put at risk from the cuts while crime would rise.
“We all recognise that these are tough times for budgets,” says Trudy Dean Lib Dem Leader on Kent County Council. “But for a council notorious for waste, could they really not find could find £1m of savings elsewhere out of a budget of £1.8bn.
“In many cases, police and other agencies will be drawn in and the public purse will end up spending more. Worse still, many vulnerable people will fall through the cracks.”