John McDonnell has highlighted how local government funding has been ravaged over a decade, with particularly brutal cuts in youth and children’s services, as well as a crisis in social care.
Ahead of next week’s Budget, the Shadow Chancellor has released the latest in a series of reports highlighting a sharp decline in public services after a decade of Tory rule.
Labour’s Shadow Treasury Team has published ‘The Road to the Budget – A Decade of Decline in Local Government’.
The report shows that spending on youth services has been decimated by 70% since 2010, with a real-terms cut of £880 million.
Government funding to councils to run children’s services has been cut by almost a third since 2010.
Successive Tory governments have failed to tackle the social care crisis, with cuts to local government exacerbating that crisis, the report finds.
John McDonnell, Labour’s Shadow Chancellor, commenting on the findings, said:
“Local governments provide basic services that are key to our social fabric and our people’s lives.
“Successive Conservative administrations have torn the heart out of local government, weakening the bonds that tie us together, and damaging services that are important from the cradle to the grave.
“Only a massive injection of funding at the upcoming Budget will begin to repair the damage that the Tories have done – and this Budget looks set to showcase a chaotic government that risks five years of disappointment.”