The ‘Breaking Point’ campaign exposes the crisis in council finances after £16bn in cuts since 2010 – and warns more councils may follow Northamptonshire into bankruptcy.
Gosport Labour group leader Councillor June Cully has joined with Labour councillors from across the UK to call for a real end to austerity for local councils. Conservative cuts mean councils have lost 60p out of every £1 that the last Labour Government was spending on local government in 2010.
Pressures on councils are increasing – last year councils were forced to spend an extra £800 million on vital services to protect children, and with an ageing population and growing demand adult social care faces a funding gap of £3.5 billion.
As a result of Government policies, Gosport Council has had to increase charges from parking to burials, made staff redundant and still has to ‘save’ almost £1 million more in the next three years. Gosport Council leader Mark Hook agrees with June and will be writing to the government to highlight the desperate situation our council faces.
The ‘Breaking Point’ petition is the most-signed petition of Labour councillors ever – with over 5,000 Labour councillors calling on the Prime Minister and Chancellor to use the Budget to cancel a further planned £1.3bn cut to councils, and to provide an immediate cash injection to stop children’s services and adult social care from collapsing.
Labour leader June Cully said:
‘I am fully behind the Breaking Point campaign. We are joining together with Labour councillors from across the country to send a sharp warning to the Prime Minister and Chancellor that austerity is driving councils to the point of total collapse.
‘We are delivering a powerful message that councils simply cannot take any more cuts. If the Budget doesn’t reverse the further cuts planned to local government for next year, then more councils will collapse into bankruptcy, with devastating effects for children at risk, disabled adults and vulnerable older people. With the additional impact of Universal Credit as we go into winter, things look especially bleak’.