Council pot ‘cut by £800 per resident’

Cuts in council funding and welfare add up to more than £800 per person in parts of the West Midlands, it has been claimed.

nti Derek Rowleys
Sandwell Council House in Oldbury

A group of local authorities say that areas such as the Black Country have been left significantly worse off by austerity measures than richer areas such as the South East.

The figures from the Special Interest Group of Municipal Authorities (Sigoma) suggest that Sandwell will have lost £827 per person by 2017/18 while Wolverhampton will have lost £769.80, £661.80 per person in Walsall and £603.20 in Dudley.

Staffordshire varies from district to district with the county council losing £198 per person in funding plus £331 in Cannock Chase, £227.20 in Stafford, £221.20 in Lichfield and £213.30 in South Staffordshire.

Wyre Forest District Council will have lost £301.10 per person with a further £135.20 taken away from Worcestershire County Council.

The figures include not only the cuts to grants awarded directly to councils but also the impact of the freeze in council tax rates and whether councils believe they will be better or worse off because of new rules that allow them to keep some of the business rates, rather than having a national pot redistributed among them.

Sigoma claims the Government has not considered the ‘cumulative’ impact of its reforms on councils. Many authorities are axing hundreds of jobs over the next five years. In Wolverhampton alone 1,000 posts are being cut.

Sir Steve Houghton, chairman of Sigoma, said “The report shows the Government’s complete disregard for the mounting pressure faced by certain councils and the pain it is causing their residents.

“The Government must make fair funding a key priority to allow councils to provide essential services without the growing distraction of a service failure.”

Councillor Steve Eling, finance boss at Sandwell Council, added: “What this shows is that we no longer have a government for the UK, but for the south east of England.”

Comments for: "Council pot ‘cut by £800 per resident’ "

Putza Shiftin

What this shows is that it's about time a lot of these councils were merged, especially Sandwell and Dudley and the Staffordshire councils. It makes perfect sense, as if services are merged you need less managers and less councillors, which would probably offset a lot of the reduction in funding from the centre.

charlie.bear.5836

The metropolitan councils of the WM conurbation can merge if they want but I don't think many taxpayers here in Staffordshire would choose to be involved with them.

Ivor

A load of left wing Muppets, http://www.sigoma.gov.uk/SigomaMembers/Index.aspx

and if you had not financed the public for the last 10 years, you would not have to save one penny

B Jackson

And you are a right wing moaner! In fact moan is all you ever do on here! Wake up and look at what this lot are doing to the country!

Ivor

I can only assume that “right wing” is new the buzz word for anyone highlighting Political incompetence.

Chris

I agree with the comments by Putza Shiftin,Wolverhampton,Walsall,Sandwell and Dudley councils should all be merged into one Black Country council.

Robert

Tory policy - Tory pain. Things are not improving for the public. Load of scammers in Govt.