District continues to face cuts while Tory councils in south gain funding

District continues to face cuts while Tory councils in south gain funding

District continues to face cuts while Tory councils in south gain funding

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Councils in the constituencies of some Conservative ministers have gained funding, a new analysis shows – while Bradford suffers.

Six members of David Cameron’s frontbench team are in seats where councils are enjoying boosts to their ‘spending power’ over this Parliament.

They include big-hitters Chris Grayling, the Justice Secretary (Epsom and Ewell), Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt (Waverley) and Education Secretary Michael Gove (Surrey Heath).

All three have seats in the Tory heartland of Surrey. In the case of Epsom and Ewell council, spending power will rise by three per cent, over five years.

In stark contrast, Bradford is struggling with swingeing cuts – the latest announced only last month – that have put services under fresh threat.

Its loss of spending power – combined funds from council tax, retained business rates, the New Homes Bonus and Government grants – is a staggering 21.6 per cent.

There are also huge losses at Calderdale (down 14.5 per cent), Kirklees (13.9 per cent) and Leeds (15.5 per cent), over the five-year period between 2010 and 2015.

The statistics come from the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG), which allocates council funds.

Bradford Council has been forced to consider cuts to children’s centres, youth services and libraries to plug the bulk of its £32m funding hole.

And a council tax rise – rejecting the Government’s offer to part-fund a freeze – would bring in a further £2m.

Councillor David Green, Bradford’s Labour leader, said: “The scale of the cuts means that an impact on frontline services is inevitable.”

Ministers insist they have delivered a “fair settlement to every part of the country – north and south, rural and urban, metropolitan and shire”.

However, they are seeking to replace what they call the “begging bowl” system, with rewards for councils that build new homes and attract new firms.

But the New Homes Bonus favours larger homes built in the south, often the same areas that find it easier to attract extra business investment.

Overall, the DCLG figures show the ten most deprived local authorities in England will lose ten times as much ‘spending power’ as the ten richest.

Hilary Benn MP, Labour’s local government spokesman, said: “The Government claims those with the broadest shoulders must bear the biggest burden, but they are hitting the poorest communities hardest.”

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9:07am Thu 30 Jan 14

Thee Voice of Reason says...

David Green, your constant whining about cutting frontline staff would be believed more if you weren't ringfencing your payments to the unions or not bothering to discuss the number of councillors.
David Green, your constant whining about cutting frontline staff would be believed more if you weren't ringfencing your payments to the unions or not bothering to discuss the number of councillors. Thee Voice of Reason
  • Score: 4

9:31am Thu 30 Jan 14

Bone_idle18 says...

the only reason to cut front line services is to make political points. there are plenty of areas where massive savings could be made that don't impact the people who pay their hard earned (in some cases) money to the council and have absolutely no influence on how the council fritter it away.

Maybe for once, they should think about the people of Bradford rather than making a political statement.
the only reason to cut front line services is to make political points. there are plenty of areas where massive savings could be made that don't impact the people who pay their hard earned (in some cases) money to the council and have absolutely no influence on how the council fritter it away. Maybe for once, they should think about the people of Bradford rather than making a political statement. Bone_idle18
  • Score: 1

9:40am Thu 30 Jan 14

Bacon Bantam says...

February and March are the best two months of the year. I don't see a direct debit going out to the council in these two months so I get to spend that money on my and my family. After all I earn't it.
The rest of the year the £100+ just gets pi$$ed away on artists impressions, hairbrain ideas and other such rubbish.
February and March are the best two months of the year. I don't see a direct debit going out to the council in these two months so I get to spend that money on my and my family. After all I earn't it. The rest of the year the £100+ just gets pi$$ed away on artists impressions, hairbrain ideas and other such rubbish. Bacon Bantam
  • Score: 4

9:49am Thu 30 Jan 14

Yorkshire Lass says...

Once again, as most days, Councillor Green is whinging about the lack of funding for Bradford and trying to compare this City with affluent places in the South. Does he not realise that rich places in the south pay more in taxes and poll tax then we do (mostly being Band A here) and why should someone else support us. If Councillor Green really wants to save money, perhaps is should stop the payment to the unions of nearly £750,00.00 last year alone and how about chasing the non-council tax payers in Bradford for a change instead of expecting the usual tax payers to pay for it? If Councillor Green is not up for the Leader's job then may I suggest that he gives someone else a chance at the next local election and moves south.
Once again, as most days, Councillor Green is whinging about the lack of funding for Bradford and trying to compare this City with affluent places in the South. Does he not realise that rich places in the south pay more in taxes and poll tax then we do (mostly being Band A here) and why should someone else support us. If Councillor Green really wants to save money, perhaps is should stop the payment to the unions of nearly £750,00.00 last year alone and how about chasing the non-council tax payers in Bradford for a change instead of expecting the usual tax payers to pay for it? If Councillor Green is not up for the Leader's job then may I suggest that he gives someone else a chance at the next local election and moves south. Yorkshire Lass
  • Score: 3

10:36am Thu 30 Jan 14

RollandSmoke says...

It would seem an obvious false economy to target funding at places that are doing well whilst leaving the more deprived area to struggle. Whist the affluent areas will never turn down the funding on offer if the cost of economic failure is paid by everyone in the country then everyone loses out when the areas of greatest concern are neglected. Instead of rewarding those who voted for the party of government they may be better served showing the areas that didn't why they should. All in all this is another fine example of how the people are being failed by party politics.
It would seem an obvious false economy to target funding at places that are doing well whilst leaving the more deprived area to struggle. Whist the affluent areas will never turn down the funding on offer if the cost of economic failure is paid by everyone in the country then everyone loses out when the areas of greatest concern are neglected. Instead of rewarding those who voted for the party of government they may be better served showing the areas that didn't why they should. All in all this is another fine example of how the people are being failed by party politics. RollandSmoke
  • Score: 8

11:48am Thu 30 Jan 14

angry bradfordian says...

The headline of this story would suggest that the T&A has stopped being a politically neutral newspaper. I understood that a lot of Labour run councils in the south had also had an increase in funding and this is generally a North/South thing rather than Labour/Tory.

It's pretty inevitable that if the southern areas have had increase in funding then a disproportionate number of Tory cabinet members will have areas that have benefitted.
The headline of this story would suggest that the T&A has stopped being a politically neutral newspaper. I understood that a lot of Labour run councils in the south had also had an increase in funding and this is generally a North/South thing rather than Labour/Tory. It's pretty inevitable that if the southern areas have had increase in funding then a disproportionate number of Tory cabinet members will have areas that have benefitted. angry bradfordian
  • Score: 3

11:53am Thu 30 Jan 14

Bone_idle18 says...

RollandSmoke wrote:
It would seem an obvious false economy to target funding at places that are doing well whilst leaving the more deprived area to struggle. Whist the affluent areas will never turn down the funding on offer if the cost of economic failure is paid by everyone in the country then everyone loses out when the areas of greatest concern are neglected. Instead of rewarding those who voted for the party of government they may be better served showing the areas that didn't why they should. All in all this is another fine example of how the people are being failed by party politics.
Half the time the funding goes to make the place look good, and then the same old scroats just treat it with disdain and wreck it again.

Maybe we should spend more on teaching idiots that their behaviour in unacceptable, instead of clearing up after them and letting them think that if they wreck their area, the council will just come and fix it up again.

"Deprivation" doesn't mean you have to be a mindless, lawless animal!
[quote][p][bold]RollandSmoke[/bold] wrote: It would seem an obvious false economy to target funding at places that are doing well whilst leaving the more deprived area to struggle. Whist the affluent areas will never turn down the funding on offer if the cost of economic failure is paid by everyone in the country then everyone loses out when the areas of greatest concern are neglected. Instead of rewarding those who voted for the party of government they may be better served showing the areas that didn't why they should. All in all this is another fine example of how the people are being failed by party politics.[/p][/quote]Half the time the funding goes to make the place look good, and then the same old scroats just treat it with disdain and wreck it again. Maybe we should spend more on teaching idiots that their behaviour in unacceptable, instead of clearing up after them and letting them think that if they wreck their area, the council will just come and fix it up again. "Deprivation" doesn't mean you have to be a mindless, lawless animal! Bone_idle18
  • Score: 2

2:05pm Thu 30 Jan 14

bd7 helper says...

No one cares about Bradford anymore
No one cares about Bradford anymore bd7 helper
  • Score: 1

7:39am Fri 31 Jan 14

The Hoffster says...

If Green & Co had done something about the 'hole' in Westfield all those years ago, maybe we would have had more funding?

The Government knows what a mess this City is and no amount of money will fix it.

As long as there's corrupt, selfish idiots in charge, nothing's going to change much (no matter how much cash is thrown our way).
If Green & Co had done something about the 'hole' in Westfield all those years ago, maybe we would have had more funding? The Government knows what a mess this City is and no amount of money will fix it. As long as there's corrupt, selfish idiots in charge, nothing's going to change much (no matter how much cash is thrown our way). The Hoffster
  • Score: 0

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