I oppose the Government’s plans to further cut local government funding meaning that there will be a reduction of over £10m (24.95%) next year in Revenue Support Grant for Oldham Council.
Analysis of the Local Government Finance Settlement by the Local Government Association reveal that local councils across the country will receive £2.2 billion less in Revenue Support Grant to run vital local services in 2017/8 than last year.
This Local Government Finance Settlement is more bad news for Oldham and Saddleworth as yet another round of Tory cuts to local government funding put our key local services under even more pressure.
This comes on top of the fact that since 2009/10 Oldham Council has been forced to cut £192 million from services and by the end of 2017/18 that will have increased to £212 million. Local government has already suffered as a result of six years of brutal and devastating Tory cuts as the Government stumble on with their ideologically driven austerity drive.
The Government has finally acknowledged the crisis in social care but changes to the council tax precept are a short-term sticking plaster for a crisis which needs a sustainable, long-term and strategic solution. Winter is already here and there is not a penny more for the 1.2 million elderly people who are living without the care they need.
What is clear is that the Government have no new ideas on how to fund social care, and are just passing the buck to overstretched local authorities and council tax payers. Frail elderly people and vulnerable disabled people are suffering right now in Oldham, Saddleworth and across the country because of this government’s inaction.
A Labour government will stand up for local communities. We will provide fair funding for local councils, deliver real and meaningful devolution to our communities and properly integrate health and social care, ensuring they are both fully funded.