Shadow Communities Secretary responds to the Tories’ town announcement
Labour’s Shadow Communities Secretary Andrew Gwynne, has responded to the Tories towns announcement:
The Tories are destroying our high streets and towns.
A decade of vicious cuts to the services that people in our communities rely on, has taken 60p in every £1 from council budgets.
There is a clear choice in this election on 12 December: more of the same with Boris Johnson’s Tories or real change and investment under Labour.”
The Local Government Association (LGA) has found that between 2010 and 2020, councils will have lost 60p out of every £1 they had from central government to run local services.
By 2020, local authorities will have faced a reduction to core funding from the Government of nearly £16 billion over the preceding decade.
Local services face a £7.8 billion funding gap by 2025.
An IFS report out this week highlighted that:
- Spending per resident in 2009–10 was around 1.6 times higher in the most deprived tenth of councils than in the least deprived councils. In 2019–20, this ratio is expected to be 1.3 times. In other words, the local government funding system remains redistributive but much less so than previously.
- Cuts have been larger in poorer parts of the country, and the local government funding system is less redistributive than before. For example, cuts to spending per person have averaged 31% for the 15 council areas with the highest levels of deprivation compared to 16% for the 15 council areas with the lowest levels of deprivation since 2009–10.
- Council’s budgets are increasingly focused on meeting statutory duties, and often little else. 57% of councils’ non-education service budgets now go to adults’ and children’s social care services – with per-person spending on other services falling by 40% on average over the last decade;”
- Estimated spending on social care for adults aged 65+ has fallen by 18% since 2009–10, despite a more than 20% increase in the number of adults aged 65+.”
Labour analysis shows that the most deprived areas of the country are being hit particularly hard. Nine of the ten most deprived councils in the country have seen cuts of almost three times the national average cut of £254 per person.
Deprivation rank by council:
Change in spending power per household 2010/11 to 2019/20:
Kingston upon Hull
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