Friday 9 July 2021 / 7:48 AM Local Government

Steve Reed responds to UK councils facing £3bn black hole budgets

Steve Reed MP, Labour’s Shadow Communities and Local Government Secretary, responding to UK councils facing £3bn black hole in their budgets as they emerge from the pandemic, said:

“Councils were already reeling from a decade of cuts to their budgets but Ministers’ broken promises to fund local authorities for the costs of the Covid-19 pandemic has pushed them towards the brink.

“Councils across England are already being forced to cut the very staff we clapped at the start of the pandemic and reduce the crucial services our communities rely on.

“The Conservatives need to keep their promise to reimburse councils fully for the cost of keeping communities safe during the pandemic.”