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Local Government Funding

Despite the results in the last General Election, Local councils will still feel the pain of devastating cuts to Local Authority budgets.

Despite the results in the last General Election, Local councils will still feel the pain of devastating cuts to Local Authority budgets.

The position before the election was that if we had a Labour government some boroughs would face approx. £30 million of cuts, if it was a coalition between Labour and another it would be £60 million. The facts now are that owing to an overall majority for the Conservative government, the cuts are likely to be approximately £90 million over 3 years.

This level of cuts to local authorities will move nearer to total collapse. It will in fact remove all government subsidies in many local councils, leaving the council to run its services on basic minimum income from rents, fines, and other charges.

The impact on areas such as the care sector is frightening. It will lead to a considerable risk of neglect and health issues that will affect many elderly members of society, and their families.

It’s crucial that Labour campaigns vigorously over such cuts, as it is the electorate who will feel the brunt of the cuts packages as they unfold.

Obviously there is a real need to look at the formula in the allocation of grants as there are some councils who are not cut as much as others.

We will be more aware of the level of these cuts after the government set the budget. However, housing is going to take a lot of defending as the government’s ideology of more private housing when in fact we desperately need more social housing. 

 

 

 

 

 

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