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Wolverhampton could be plagued by rats after pest budget is slashed, Lib Dems warn

March 1, 2018 10:29 AM
By Bryan Lewis
Originally published by City of Wolverhampton Liberal Democrats

ratsWarnings have been issued about a possible onslaught of rats, mice, and wasps as more cuts are made year on year. Wolverhampton Liberal Democrats say the action has 'hurt the poorest' people in the City.

New data, released under the Freedom of Information Act, shows that while the Council has kept the service in house since 2013, the budget for pest control has been cut substantially. In the past, members of the public have been able to call out pest control officers from the council for free assessments.

Disease

According to their own report, in 2014 the cuts saved the Council £25,000 and they knew that they 'would not be able to assist the most deprived or those in poverty'.

The Council's report says: 'Certain pests carry infectious disease. The proposal would lead to less pest treatment and therefore more pests. There is a link between mental health and wellbeing of an individual and the quality of the environment in which they live.

Park Ward Liberal Democrat campaigner Nick Machnik-Foster said: "This Labour Council has slashed services, hurt the poorest and now we face a rat plague in the City. This infestation comes after the council decided to slash this vital budget hoping no-one would notice. Nearly a thousand people have got in touch with the Council. What needs to change to make them change their mind, super rats running across the Council leader's desk? If that happened the budget will be instantly topped up, sadly, now, the poorest have to live alongside pests."