It’s not just Labour councils.
Today, in Wales, the Conservatives’ leader in the Welsh Assembly berated the Labour-run government here for refusing to implement a council tax freeze from 2011 onwards.
Andrew RT Davies (for it was he) said households in Wales were on average £794.11 worse off as a result.
What he didn’t say was that they were much better off as a result of the services that money bought – services that would no longer be viable if council tax had been frozen, because of the severity of cuts to the central government grant provided to the Assembly by the Conservative Government in Westminster!
Of course, Tory councils benefit from a little extra because David Cameron and his friends can’t take the criticism when his mother and aunt complain.
Here in Powys, the county council has already made it clear that – without the increases in council tax necessitated by the Tory Government’s cuts – many essential services would have closed altogether. Forever.
Tories love to blather on about savings to individuals, while ignoring the contribution we all make to the community that we all inhabit and help to shape.
If you had the money along with the council cuts, you would end up having to pay far more for the services originally provided by the council.
It’s a veiled plan to take more money away from you and put you back in your place. As far as the Tories are concerned, you belong in the workhouse.
The true scale of how Conservative cuts have been targeted at less affluent Labour areas is revealed today in new research from the party.
The average cut in spending power per household for Labour council areas is more than five times higher than for those in Tory local authorities areas over the period between 2012 and 2020.
The average cut per household in a Tory area will be £68 by the end of this parliament, but for Labour councils the number is more than £340.
Labour controls the 10 councils set to see the biggest cuts to spending power while eight out of 10 of the councils seeing the smallest cuts are Conservative-controlled.
This is likely to worsen existing inequalities – nine of the ten most deprived areas are facing higher than average cuts. Knowsley, the second most deprived area of the country, will experience a cut of over £760 per household.
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