Labour and Co-operative Member of
Parliament for Kemptown and Peacehaven

Parliamentary question: Local Authority Funding

Lloyd Russell-Moyle MP to Elizabeth Truss MP, The Chief Secretary to the Treasury on 27 Feb 2018
Lloyd Russell-Moyle MP
"My own council of Brighton and Hove has had to make £52 million-worth of cuts in three years, despite superb Labour leadership in the city. With one of the Minister’s own Tory councils going bust, will the Chancellor finally commit to properly funding local government in tomorrow’s local government finance settlement?"
Elizabeth Truss MP, The Chief Secretary to the Treasury
"We have provided local councils with council tax flexibilities to enable them to fund spending in their areas. It is absolutely right that councils should not waste money and should find savings. The fact is that we went through an incredibly profligate period under Labour in which the Government were running record deficits, and we have succeeded in reducing the deficit by three quarters. I must also point out to the hon. Gentleman that councils have reserves of £23 billion. In fact, those reserves have increased by £8 billion since 2010."

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