Local leaders have come together to back a new campaign against further cuts to local services as the latest Government grant settlement for Bury shows further cuts.
Unfair Government cuts to council budgets have hit Bury hard, with Bury Council losing 70% of overall funding available to run the council compared to 2010 when increased demand and rising costs are factored in.
Research produced by the House of Commons Library and analysed by the Labour Party found that, on average, councils have lost 60p out of every pound in spending since 2010.
Cllr Rishi Shori, Leader of Bury Council, said:
“Councils up and down the country have struggled for close to a decade with brutal cuts from this Tory government with Bury Council seeing a real-terms drop in funding of £90 million compared to 2010 when Labour was last in power.
“In addition to cuts, demand for services is also rising. Adult and children’s social care services account for almost 90p out of every £1 of the council’s controllable budget. We’ve also lost 600 staff as a result of austerity, which impacts on our reach into communities.
“We cannot take any further cuts; our services are at breaking point. The Government must change its plans.”
James Frith, MP for Bury North, said:
“The Tories’ approach of cutting core funding, forcing councils to hike up council tax to keep the lights on and calling it a funding increase is callous and calculated, and puts the burden on hard-pressed council taxpayers.
“The sad truth is that councils have now lost 60p out of every £1 that the last Labour government invested in our communities. The Government must stop targeting areas like Bury with their politically motivated cuts and provide sustainable funding for councils to protect our local services.”
James and Rishi have launched a campaign against the cuts. Find out more and add your support at jamesfrith.org/breakingpoint.