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Yvonne Fovargue MP hits out at Cuts to Local Government Funding
Wednesday 22nd February, 2017

Yvonne Fovargue MP has today criticised the Government’s decision to further cut local government funding.

Analysis of the Local Government Finance Settlement by the Local Government Association reveal that local Councils will receive £2.2 billion less in Revenue Support Grant to run vital local services in 2017/8 than last year. In Wigan, a cut of £12.08 million in Revenue Support Grant is scheduled. Since 2010, over £100 million has been cut from Wigan as Councillors grapple with the implications of an ageing society.

Yvonne Fovargue MP said:

“This Local Government Finance package is bad news for Wigan, as Tory cuts to local government funding puts key local services under even more pressure.

“Local government has already severely suffered as a result of seven years of brutal and devastating Tory cuts.

“The Government has finally acknowledged the crisis in social care but changes to the council tax precept is a short-term sticking plaster for a crisis which needs a sustainable, long-term and strategic solution.

“Nationally, there are 1.2 million elderly people who are living without the care they need. The Government have no new ideas on how to fund social care, and are just passing the buck to overstretched local authorities and council tax payers.”

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