Tuesday 20 March 2018 / 7:56 PM Andrew Gwynne / Local Government

Secretary of State gets his maths wrong twice – Andrew Gwynne

Andrew Gwynne MP, Labour’s Shadow Communities and Local Government Secretary, responding to reports of further errors in the calculations of funding for local authorities, said:

“This is a complete and utter shambles. There is little wonder that Tory Councils are going bust, when the Secretary of State gets his maths wrong twice.

“After eight years of cuts, councils are facing unprecedented pressures to balance their books – this task has been made even harder by a Government that has no long-term strategy and no grasp on the figures.

“27 authorities will now receive fewer funds than they budgeted for. Sajid Javid needs to explain how this mistake was allowed to happen, and what checks will be put in place to prevent even more errors.”