New analysis shows that households living in the 10 most deprived local authorities in England will, as a result of council funding cuts, have faced a reduction in spending power per household 16 times greater than the 10 least deprived areas under the Tory-led Government.
In an open letter to Local Authority Leaders, Labour’s Shadow Local Government Secretary Hilary Benn MP has called on them to prepare for the devolution of resources and power with a Labour Government so that they can make a real difference.
In the letter, Hilary Benn writes:
“The Prime Minister and the Local Government Secretary say that tough times involve tough choices, but they have forgotten one very important principle. Tough times demand tough choices that are fair. And yet if we look at the way in which the Tory led Government has chosen to take most from those who have least – the most deprived local authorities – it is clear just how unfair and unjustifiable this is.
“David Cameron’s Government have made the wrong choices. They have ducked tough decisions and passed the hardest ones down to you, and they have failed to apply the basic principle of fairness. They had a choice, and they made the wrong one as far as communities up and down the country are concerned.”