Monday 4 March 2019 / 8:22 AM Andrew Gwynne / Local Government

Report reveals shocking disposal of community assets under Tories – Gwynne

Andrew Gwynne MP, Labour’s Shadow Communities and Local Government Secretary, responding to a report showing that councils across the country are selling off hundreds of millions of pounds worth of public land and buildings just to make ends meet, said:

“Austerity has hollowed out the heart of our communities. This report reveals the shocking disposal of our community assets under Tories.

“Since 2010, local government has lost 60p out of every £1 that the last Labour government invested in our local communities.

“Cuts have forced many councils to sell off their parks, community centres, libraries, cut back on staff and the neighbourhood and care services that all of us rely on, and push up council tax – just to keep the lights on.

“The next Labour government will put an end to austerity, delivering sustainable funding for our councils so we can put an end to this growing crisis.”