REVEALLED: THE TRUE COST OF COALITION CUTS IN NORTHUMBERLAND
Conservatives and Liberal Democrats urged to ’break their silence’ against Tory cuts worth 23% in county funding revealed in run up to 2015 Poll
Labour councillor’s in Northumberland have slammed, what they’ve branded, a ‘shameless trick’ as well respected and independent Chartered Institute for Public Finance and Accounting (CIPFA) revealed to true cost of the latest raid on local government finances by the Conservative led coalition government. Local Government Minister Brandon Lewis announced a 2.9% cut in local government funding for 2014-15 in a move which he described as a ‘good day for local government’ this week.
Now CIPFA’s respected journal Public Finance has revealed the true cost of the Tory led government cut as 9.54% http://www.publicfinance.co.uk/news/2013/12/dclg-funding-for-councils-cut-by-more-than-9/?utm_source=Adestra&utm_medium=email&utm_term=
In a new twist, the accounting body also highlighted even deeper cuts for 2015-16 planned by the coalition government in the run up to the General Election in 2015 with 13.17% raid on county finances.
Labour group and council leader Grant Davey said
‘The cat is out of the bag as the Tory led government’s latest announcement has been described as ‘more spin than substance’ by the independent CIPFA. Not only will Northumberland residents have to deal with a reduction in £259 in services this year, but they face 23% cuts over the next two years. Local services are increasingly stretched and residents will note the silence of the county’s two coalition MP’s and Tory and Lib Dem councillors on the county council on the scale of their government cuts. Residents have a right to expect that local politicians will stand up for their area yet Northumberland’s Tories and Lib Dems choose to stay silent and attack Labour’s attempts to tackle the terrible legacy of a Lib Dem/Tory coalition at County Hall’.