Local Government Cuts Hurt Communities

Yesterday, the government announced the financial settlement for councils in 2015-16 which shows the Tories are continuing to target the poorest communities.

In 2014-15, the financial settlement for Tower Hamlets was £220m – the new settlement will see this reduced to £185m.

Funding for local welfare provision will fall from £1.7 to £1.3m. Early intervention funding will fall from £7.7m to £6.4m.

Cllr Rachael Saunders, Leader of Tower Hamlets Labour Group, said:

"The cuts imposed by the Tory led government are having a devastating impact. This is an unfair financial settlement that will continue to hit the communities with the most need the hardest.

In Tower Hamlets, we’ve already seen the impact that cuts are having. Lutfur Rahman is failing to protect local services. Mayor Rahman tried to close public-run nurseries in the borough but thankfully a dedicated campaign run by local parents and supported by the Labour Group forced him into a U-turn. Lutfur Rahman promised to protect frontline services: he has a responsibility to stand by that promise and to be honest with local people about what his plans really are.

Tower Hamlets Labour Group will continue to ensure that local voices are heard and will fight for our vital frontline services.”

Shiria Khatun, Deputy Leader of Tower Hamlets Labour Group, said:

“Our important front line services need to be protected and the government's announcement yesterday on funding allocation to our Borough means "cuts" - this is not acceptable and we need to know from Mayor Rahman how he will protect our important front line services. He cannot remain silent on this important issue that affects the residents of our Borough.”

Ayas Miah, Labour Group Budget Spokesperson, said:

“We have been examining a range of budget measures with a view to making sustainable savings – we will do all we can to protect our frontline services. Over the coming months, the Labour Group will be putting forward ideas and consulting on sensible proposals: a combination of savings and revenue raising proposals.”

Rushanara Ali, MP for Bethnal Green & Bow, said:

“This latest round of unfair financial settlements, particularly on communities with the most need, shows that the coalition government doesn’t understand the importance of our frontline services. It's an absolute scandal that, in a borough with the highest child poverty rate in the country, the Conservative-led Government is making such drastic and unbalanced spending cuts. It's the same old Tories: slash and burn cuts without any regard for fairness. We need to get rid of this dreadful government in May 2015. Labour is the only party which will protect our public services from the Tories’ plan to return to 1930s levels of public spending – levels which would put our National Health Service at risk, threaten our vital public services and hit working families.”

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