Monday 2 December 2019 / 12:25 PM Andrew Gwynne

Local government is under enormous pressure because of politically motivated Tory cuts – Gwynne responds to IFS analysis

Andrew Gwynne, Labour’s Shadow Communities Secretary, commenting on the IFS’ analysis of political parties’ manifestos, said:

“Local government is under enormous pressure because of politically motivated Tory cuts that have hit the poorest hardest.

“60p in every £1 has been cut from local government budgets over the last decade.

“It’s clear the Tories will continue the squeeze on local public services by not even covering funding for the rising demand, as the IFS highlight, a 4% rise in council tax will still leave councils without the funding they need. Labour will rebuild local government and put it on a sustainable footing.

“Voters now have a clear choice on the 12th December – to vote for more failure with Johnson’s Tories or for real change and investment in people and services under Labour.”

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