Thursday 8 February 2018 / 7:49 AM Andrew Gwynne / Local Government

After almost eight years of Tory cuts, councils are facing unprecedented pressures to balance their books – Gwynne

Andrew Gwynne MP, Labour’s Shadow Communities and Local Government Secretary, commenting on reports that nearly all councils plan to increase council tax and on concerns about Surrey County Council, said:

“These findings should set alarm bells ringing for Ministers.

“After almost eight years of Tory cuts, councils are facing unprecedented pressures to balance their books.

“There’s now a widespread consensus, across the political divide, that how we fund local public services desperately needs reform, but the Government is refusing to listen to the warnings of Local Government leaders.”