Coventry South’s voice in Parliament, Jim Cunningham has taken the fight for fairer local government funding directly to Parliament.
Jim pressed Local Government Minister, Marcus Jones to come clean on local government funding as Council’s continue to feel the pain of having to reduce services as the Government cuts its funding.
Jim told the Minister that,
“Central Government are saving money as a result of shifting the resources on to local government through the abolition of grants. Equally, he is asking local government to raise certain sums of money themselves, and we will surely reach a point where local government cannot sustain that.”
Speaking after the debate, Jim said,
“In Coventry the Council has seen its funding cut by £507 per head, the schools budget is £568 lower per pupil and the police has seen its funding cut by 23%.
“It’s a real outrage that Government Ministers claim to be investing billions in local government when the reality is that they are reducing the core funding needed to provide the services we all rely on. Conservative cuts have consequences and that can be seen across the country and here in Coventry.
“When a service is reduced in our city the blame lies firmly at the door of this Conservative Government. They claim to provide billions more in funding but the reality is, they give with one hand and then take twice as much with the other.”