Government cuts will see Lambeth left with £465 less to spend per household on local services according to new figures from the Labour party. The research shows that while deprived boroughs like Lambeth have seen their resources slashed by government cuts, many affluent Conservative councils have seen barely a change in their funding with David Cameron’s West Oxfordshire, seeing a fall of just £17 per household.
Across the country local authorities’ spending power per household is on course to fall by an average of 16 per cent (£169) between 2011-12 and 2012-20.
But Labour councils are set to see falls of 21 per cent on average, compared to a 13 per cent fall for Conservative councils. Overall Lambeth will see its budget reduced by £238 million between 2010 and 2018.
Cllr Lib Peck, Leader of Lambeth council said:
“These figures demonstrate that many councils such as Lambeth with great levels of need are being unfairly targeted by deep cuts to their funding. In Lambeth, we are losing 56% of our funding from central government despite Cameron’s Oxfordshire seeing barely a drop in its funding.
“Lambeth Labour is striving to protect the most vulnerable in our community, by protecting our award winning violence against women and young girls unit and our council tax support scheme which helps 30,000 residents across our borough. But this deep level of cuts is having an impact on what we can provide to our residents.
“It is vital that the government’s stops this unfair policy of targeting Labour councils with the deepest level of cuts.”
Jon Trickett MP, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, said:
“Local government is under enormous pressure because of politically motivated Tory cuts that hit the poorest hardest. Ordinary families are paying the price as councils are forced to cut services to fill the gap.
“The Tories won’t stand up for working people. They are putting family prosperity and Britain’s future at risk.”
You can find out how the cuts are affecting your area at http://www.labour.org.uk/content/torylocalcutscalculator