Labour MP Rosie Cooper has called on the Chancellor to use the budget in March to make sure West Lancashire gets a fairer funding deal after new figures revealed the unfairness of the Tory Government’s cuts in the North West.
According to new Labour research, West Lancashire will have lost £81.64 per household in spending power by 2020. Meanwhile, wealthier areas will see an increase in spending after George Osborne handed hundreds of millions of pounds to wealthy Tory councils ahead of this May’s council elections.
The Tories have handed wealthy areas like South Cambridgeshire an increase of £14 per household whilst West Lancashire suffers yet more cuts.
Council funding has been cut to the bone since 2010. While Government ministers said they would protect funding, research based on the Government’s own figures show they are cutting harder than ever but protecting the wealthiest.
MP Rosie said:
“As these figures show the Conservative government is expecting local councils to do more and more whilst significantly slashing council budgets.
“Despite all the government’s talk about protecting local services these figures reveal the reality. It is the people of West Lancashire paying the price of a Conservative government. A government who continue to fill the coffers of their friends rather than supporting all communities.
Steve Reed MP, Shadow Minister for Local Government, said:
“The Government said they were protecting local services but the reality is more and deeper cuts everywhere except the wealthiest areas.
“They promised to be a One Nation government but everyone can see they are taking from the poor to give to the rich like some kind of reverse Robin Hood. Local services are at risk thanks to decisions made by Tory ministers who hope people won’t see through their hollow promises.”