The Mayor of Tower Hamlets John Biggs has joined with other Labour Leaders from across England and Wales to call on Boris Johnson, the new Prime Minister, to end cuts to local government.
The letter has been signed by over 100 Labour Council Leaders from England and Wales and it calls on the new Prime Minister to immediately invest £2bn in children’s services and £2bn in adult social care, reverse the changes to the council funding formula that have forced the biggest cuts on the most deprived areas like Tower Hamlets, and pledge to use the Spending Review to restore council funding to 2010 levels over the next four years.
Tory cuts mean councils have lost 60p out of every £1 that the last Labour Government was spending on local government in 2010. Tower Hamlets receives £148 million (or 64%) less in core funding from the government since 2010 and has to make a further £44 million in cuts over the next three years as it is hit by rising demands and further cuts from central government.
The Government has also proposed a ‘Fair Funding Review’ to redirect money from boroughs such as Tower Hamlets – which currently receive a higher share of funding due to the levels of deprivation – to shires which would mainly benefit Tory areas. Early analysis showed London could lose £0.5 billion as a result.
Mayor of Tower Hamlets John Biggs said: “This letter has my full support. Along with other Labour Council Leaders and Mayors I am calling on the new Prime Minister to recognise the damage that nearly a decade of austerity has had on public services. We urgently need an investment of £2bn into children’s services and £2bn into adult social care. We’re also urging the Prime Minister to use the upcoming Spending Review to restore funding to local government to 2010 levels over the next four years.”
“This letter is a powerful message to the new Prime Minister and Chancellor from local councils that we simply cannot take any more cuts. Further cuts would mean devastating effects for children, disabled adults and vulnerable older people, as well as on community services up and down the country.”