Is funding HS2 more important than care for the elderly asks Wakefield Council leader

A YORKSHIRE council leader has criticised ministers for spending millions on the HS2 rail line when local authorities are struggling to meet the rising cost of caring for the elderly.

Coun Peter Box said the Government needs to “rethink its national priorities” as Wakefield Council became the latest in the region to increase council tax bills by five per cent.

He warned councils across the country would “go under” unless the Government takes a fresh look at funding.

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