Laura Sharman 27 January 2020

Poorer areas to lose 'hundreds of millions' under proposed changes

Former ‘red wall’ areas are to lose millions of pounds under the fair funding review, analysis by LGA Labour Group has found.

The figures show that over 70% of new Tory MPs will represent communities hit hardest by the changes to the way council funding is allocated.

The analysis shows that metropolitan councils will lose almost £300m in adult social care funding under the proposals, with £250m being diverted to Tory shire county councils.

‘The Fair Funding Review has been exposed as just another Conservative plan to take hundreds of millions from deprived communities and funnel it towards leafy Tory shires,’ said Andrew Gwynne, Labour shadow communities and local government secretary.

’In the new parliament 37 Tory MPs represent communities at the sharp end of these cuts. They know these changes are wrong – so it’s time for them to decide, what comes first, their communities or their careers?’

Cllr Nick Forbes, leader of the LGA Labour Group, added: 'Labour councils have been warning about these Conservative plans for a funding stitch up for over a year, and these new figures confirm our worst fears.

'We are issuing a direct challenge to these new Tory MPs to put their communities before their careers and join Labour in opposing these outrageous cuts.'

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