UNDER-FIRE Torbay mayor Gordon Oliver has blamed South Devon MPs for the £27million budget cuts facing the council.
Mr Oliver has been criticised in recent weeks over a proposal to cut in half the council's cash support to the English Riviera Tourism Company next year and then reduce it to zero.
He said members are just learning of the size of the financial black hole and there will be consultations on the budget in four to five weeks' time.
However, he said: "These are the cuts that our MPs — Adrian Sanders and Sarah Wollaston — have voted for. We would not be doing them unless our MPs had voted for them.
"It is £22million. We have done £19million. On the Government Intranet 10 days ago we saw there is another £5million cuts on top of the £22million. We have not heard anything from Adrian Sanders and Sarah Wollaston. Our MPs have not told us.
"The members will be educated by the officers as to the scale of the problem and how to deal with it. They are faced with the extra £5million cuts between 2014 and 2016.
"We do not want to do it. We would never have wanted to make this scale of reductions but our MPs have voted for them."
Lib Dem MP Adrian Sanders said: "There are no further cuts I have voted for so I don't know what he is talking about.
"The local government settlement was tough but we also voted to give councils a number of fiscal freedoms that Torbay has chosen not to use.
"Unfortunately, it's a reality that every part of the public sector has to make savings as a result of the financial crisis. Thinking we can do otherwise is just economic illiteracy.
"However, many councils have shown that they can make savings without affecting frontline services.
"This means sharing back office functions with other councils — something Torbay should have done a long time ago — cutting non-essential spending and working smarter to prevent expensive social problems occurring in the first place.
"It's a difficult task, but obviously one that the mayor is not up to."