Council leader Tudor Evans OBE has joined forces with the leaders of 76 other councils to demand an end to the cuts that have devastated local councils.
Ahead of this week’s local government settlement on Thursday, he has signed a letter to the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, James Brokenshire MP, highlighting that “since 2010 councils will have lost 60p out of every £1.”
According to the cross-party Local Government Association, councils are facing a funding gap of £3.9 billion just to maintain services in 2019/20, including:
• £1.5 billion gap in adult social care funding
• £1.1 billion gap in children’s services
• £460 million in public health
• £113 million in tackling homelessness
The council leaders, including those representing some of the UK’s biggest cities such as Manchester and Birmingham, have called for this week’s settlement to “At an absolute minimum… use the funding settlement to cancel the planned further cut of £1.3 billion to next year’s Revenue Support Grant.”
Councillor Evans said: “We have said it before; Plymouth, like many other councils, is now close to breaking point. The cupboard is bare.
“I don’t mind saying that I’m getting scared of the consequences that we are now facing. We’ve had years of austerity, years of the Government not looking beyond the Westminster bubble and seeing what is happening – or not happening in our cities.
“Now, more than any other time, the Government must step up and help us help those who cannot look after themselves in our cities and towns.”
The local government finance settlement is the annual determination of funding to local government. The provisional settlement for 2019/20 is expected to be announced on Thursday 6 December.