The unfairness of the Tory-led Government’s funding cuts to our area is now clearer than ever. New figures from the latest local government finance settlement show that the council and local residents are getting a raw deal under David Cameron.
Between 2010/11 and 2015/16 Wyre Forest will face a reduction of 7.7% in spending power per household, while councils in some of the wealthiest areas in the country will actually see an increase in their spending power per household over this period.
The Prime Minister says “we’re all in this together”, but his local authority of West Oxfordshire – one of the least deprived areas in the country (ranked 316 out of 325 in the indices of multiple deprivation) – is getting an increase in spending power of 3.1% in 2013/14, while most places faced significant cuts.
Dr Matt Lamb, Labour Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Wyre Forest, calls for fair funding and a better deal for local residents.
Dr Matt Lamb said:
“David Cameron and Eric Pickles are living in a world of their own and stand up for the wrong people. I have been speaking to local people on the streets of Bewdley, Kidderminster and Stourport and they are furious about the cuts in local services which are the direct result of cuts being made by this Conservative/Liberal Democrat government.
It’s just not fair that Wyre Forest District Council will face a reduction of 7.7% in spending power per household, while councils in some of the very wealthiest areas in the country will actually see an increase.
It’s tells you all you need to know about whose side the Tory-led Government is on. It’s simply wrong and we need a fair deal for the people of Wyre Forest.”
Dr Matt Lamb, Labour Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Wyre Forest: