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 Ealing will face a reduction of 18.6% 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.
Cllr Julian Bell Ealing council’s Labour leader has launched a campaign for fair funding and a better deal for local residents.
Cllr Bell said:
“David Cameron and Eric Pickles are living in a world of their own and stand up for the wrong people. It’s just not fair that Ealing will face a reduction of 18.6% in spending power per household, while councils in some of the very wealthiest areas in the country will actually see an increase.
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, whilst Ealing has faced £87m cuts already with even more in the pipeline.
“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 Ealing.”