Andrew Gwynne responds to analysis showing eleven councils most at risk from cuts
Andrew Gwynne MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, responding to a report today on the 11 local authorities most at risk from the Government’s budget cuts, said:
“Unless we see a radical change in approach from this Government, more councils risk following Tory Northamptonshire into bankruptcy.”
“Council budgets are now stretched to breaking point, as local people are punished with cuts to the services they rely on. We urgently need to see sustainable funding for our local services – our councils cannot be allowed to collapse under this Government’s watch”
Notes to editors
The BBC’s Political Research Unit today reported on the councils that are under the most financial strain. It notes a recent Local Government information Unit survey that found that 95% of councils planned to increase council tax while two thirds had dipped into reserves, while the LGA has said that councils will have faced a reduction of core funding of £16bn between 2010 and 2020, a loss of 60p in every £1.
The report identifies Northamptonshire County Council, Somerset County Council, East Sussex County Council, Birmingham City Council, Lancashire County Council, Suffolk County Council, Surrey County Council, Torbay Council, West Sussex County Council, Hartlepool BC and Oxfordshire County Council as among those facing significant financial pressures.