Friday 4 October 2019 / 4:16 PM Andrew Gwynne

Pitting services for vulnerable children against adult social care for funding like this is divisive and shameful – Andrew Gwynne

Andrew Gwynne MP, Labour’s Shadow Communities Secretary, responding to the government’s plans for Local Government Funding, said:

“With such pitiful sums, the government is forcing councils to choose between properly funding different vital services. Even more children’s centres and libraries will be forced to close, more potholes will be left unfilled.

“Pitting services for vulnerable children against adult social care for funding like this is divisive and shameful.

“And when you look at the fine print, you see that the Government is pushing the burden onto struggling families and businesses through increased council tax and increased rates.

“You can’t trust the Tories with our vital local services. A Labour government will provide local councils with the funding they need to deliver the services that communities rely on.”

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Notes to editors

Last night the government published its Local government finance settlement 2020 to 2021: technical consultation https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/local-government-finance-settlement-2020-to-2021-technical-consultation