Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Tories hand £millions to wealthiest councils – but there’s only cuts for Hyndburn


The £300m Local Government handout to Tory councils and Tory marginals is a stitch-up. The Chancellor has handed hundreds of millions of pounds to the wealthiest Tory councils to ease the pain of spending cuts – but offered nothing to Hyndburn and what it has offered to Lancashire has been clawed back through back door education cuts.

See previous also.

The extra funding for Lancashire of £1.108 m is offset by an Education Service Grant which is £1.177m less than expected.

Hyndburn has suffered some of the very highest spending cuts since 2010 (4th), but has received nothing at all in today’s announcement. Meanwhile, leafy Surrey – one of England’s wealthiest shires – today gets a hand-out of £24m despite suffering far fewer cuts in recent years.

Lancashire Fire Service received no relief either whilst Lancashire Constabulary found out last week that despite a promise of a freeze in the police grant following the Paris attacks, they would intact received a reduced settlement.

Tory MPs became alarmed when they realised their areas might soon see cuts similar to those imposed on the rest of the country. They threatened to vote down the Government’s planned cuts until Communities Secretary Greg Clark announced a £300 million ‘transitional grant’. The Government have refused to say where the extra money comes from.

Labour analysis shows that £255 million of the grant – 85% – goes to Tory councils. Areas where Labour runs the council receive just £17 million, despite suffering the harshest cuts since 2010 and having higher levels of deprivation.

http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2016/feb/09/cameron-buying-off-tory-mps-theatening-to-rebel-over-council-cuts

Steve Reed MP, Shadow Minister for Local Government, said:
“The Government is covering up where this money has come from and won’t explain why almost all of it is being handed to Tory councils just weeks before council elections across the country.

“Councils that have already been cut to the bone since 2010 are getting nothing but more cuts. The Tories have picked millions of pounds from taxpayer’s pockets to buy off their own MPs when faced with a rebellion in the House of Commons.

“This is a blatant misuse of public money in a shameless attempt to buy votes and buy off Tory MPs.”

Transitional grant Total (£m)
Political control
Local Authority


England
300.0
NA
Surrey
24.1
Con
Hampshire
18.7
Con
Hertfordshire
15.6
Con
Essex
13.9
Con
West Sussex
12.4
Con
Kent
11.4
Con
Buckinghamshire
9.2
Con
Oxfordshire
8.9
Con
Leicestershire
6.6
Con
Cambridgeshire
6.4
Con
Wiltshire
6.0
Con
Warwickshire
6.0
NOC
North Yorkshire
6.0
Con
Cheshire East
5.9
Con
Dorset
5.9
Con
Richmond upon Thames
5.8
Con
Devon
5.6
Con
Staffordshire
5.6
Con
East Sussex
5.4
Con
Worcestershire
5.0
Con
Gloucestershire
5.0
Con
Central Bedfordshire
4.5
Con
Wokingham
4.2
Con
Bromley
4.1
Con
Nottinghamshire
4.0
Lab
Suffolk
3.9
Con
South Gloucestershire
3.6
Con
Northamptonshire
3.4
Con
Norfolk
3.3
Con
Cheshire West & Chester
2.9
Lab
Barnet
2.8
Con
West Berkshire
2.8
Con
Havering
2.7
NOC
Sutton
2.7
Lib Dem
Kingston upon Thames
2.6
Con
Windsor and Maidenhead
2.5
Con
Derbyshire
2.3
Lab
Lancashire
2.3
NOC
Somerset
2.2
Lab
Stockport
2.0
NOC
Solihull
1.9
Con
North Somerset
1.9
Con
Bath & North East Somerset
1.9
Con
Bracknell Forest
1.8
Con
Cumbria
1.8
NOC
Poole
1.7
Con
Swindon
1.7
Con
York
1.5
NOC
East Riding of Yorkshire
1.5
Con
Bexley
1.4
Con
Bedford
1.4
NOC
Harrow
1.4
Lab
Warrington
1.3
Lab
Shropshire
1.2
Con
Herefordshire
1.1
Con
Merton
1.1
Lab
Hillingdon
1.0
Con
Trafford
0.9
Con
Croydon
0.8
Lab
Reading
0.8
Lab
Medway
0.7
Con
Rutland
0.7
Con
Bournemouth
0.6
Con
Northumberland
0.5
NOC
Elmbridge
0.4
Con
Maidstone
0.4
Con
Harrogate
0.4
Con
Dorset and Wiltshire Fire
0.4
NA
Reigate and Banstead
0.3
Con
St Albans
0.3
Con
Devon and Somerset Fire
0.3
NA
Wealden
0.3
Con
Kent Fire
0.3
NA
Waverley
0.3
Con
Mid Sussex
0.3
Con
North Hertfordshire
0.3
Con
Basildon
0.3
NOC
Chelmsford
0.3
Con
Sevenoaks
0.3
Con
Tandridge
0.3
Con
Horsham
0.3
Con
Hereford & Worcester Fire
0.3
NA
Tonbridge and Malling
0.3
Con
Dacorum
0.3
Con
Woking
0.2
Con
East Hertfordshire
0.2
Con
Ipswich
0.2
Lab
Chiltern
0.2
Con
Bromsgrove
0.2
Con
South Lakeland
0.2
Lib Dem
East Dorset
0.2
Con
Hampshire Fire
0.2
NA
New Forest
0.2
Con
East Sussex Fire
0.2
NA
Surrey Heath
0.2
Con
Hart
0.2
Con
Stroud
0.2
NOC
Guildford
0.2
Con
Buckinghamshire Fire
0.2
NA
Worthing
0.2
Con
Spelthorne
0.2
Con
Essex Fire Auhtority
0.2
NA
East Hampshire
0.2
Con
Mole Valley
0.2
Con
Rochford
0.2
Con
Chichester
0.2
Con
Watford
0.2
NOC
Winchester
0.2
Con
South Ribble
0.2
Con
Colchester
0.2
NOC
Epsom and Ewell
0.2
IND
Castle Point
0.2
Con
Wycombe
0.2
Con
North Yorkshire Fire
0.2
NA
Lewes
0.2
Con
Shropshire Fire
0.2
NA
Arun
0.2
Con
Aylesbury Vale
0.2
Con
South Bucks
0.2
Con
Welwyn Hatfield
0.2
Con
Derbyshire Dales
0.2
Con
Bedfordshire Fire
0.2
NA
South Cambridgeshire
0.2
Con
Cheltenham
0.1
Lib Dem
Tunbridge Wells
0.1
Con
Fareham
0.1
Con
Adur
0.1
Con
Berkshire Fire Authority
0.1
NA
Rother
0.1
Con
South Northamptonshire
0.1
Con
Cheshire Fire
0.1
Con
Brentwood
0.1
Con
Cambridgeshire Fire
0.1
NA
Three Rivers
0.1
NOC
Weymouth and Portland
0.1
NOC
Harborough
0.1
Con
East Devon
0.1
Con
Stratford-on-Avon
0.1
Con
Shepway
0.1
Con
Uttlesford
0.1
Con
South Somerset
0.1
NOC
Suffolk Coastal
0.1
Con
South Hams
0.1
Con
Fylde
0.1
Con
Oxford
0.1
Lab
Christchurch
0.1
Con
Test Valley
0.1
Con
Epping Forest
0.1
Con
Braintree
0.1
Con
Lichfield
0.1
Con
St Edmundsbury
0.1
Con
Kettering
0.1
Con
Havant
0.1
Con
Rugby
0.1
Con
Redditch
0.1
Lab
Brighton & Hove
0.1
Lab
Wyre Forest
0.1
Con
Stafford
0.1
Con
Cotswold
0.1
Con
South Oxfordshire
0.1
Con
Staffordshire Fire
0.1
Con
Vale of White Horse
0.1
Con
Rushmoor
0.1
Con
Maldon
0.1
Con
Runnymede
0.1
Con
Hertsmere
0.1
Con
Warwick
0.1
Con
Mid Suffolk
0.1
Con
Rushcliffe
0.1
Con
Rossendale
0.1
Lab
Derbyshire Fire
0.1
NA
Purbeck
0.1
Con
Richmondshire
0.1
Con
Basingstoke and Deane
0.1
Con
Mid Devon
0.1
Con
High Peak
0.1
Con
West Devon
0.1
Con
Eastbourne
0.1
Lib Dem
Ashford
0.1
Con
Eastleigh
0.1
Lib Dem
Bury
0.1
Lab
Melton
0.1
Con
Teignbridge
0.1
Con
Chorley
0.1
Lab
North West Leicestershire
0.1
Con
Harlow
0.1
Lab
Ryedale
0.1
Con
Gosport
0.0
Con
Northampton
0.0

Malvern Hills
0.0

Babergh
0.0

Nuneaton and Bedworth
0.0
Lab
Craven
0.0

Canterbury
0.0

North Warwickshire
0.0

Mendip
0.0

Ribble Valley
0.0

Oadby and Wigston
0.0
Lib Dem
Dartford
0.0

Eden
0.0

Taunton Deane
0.0

South Norfolk
0.0

Milton Keynes
0.0
NOC
East Staffordshire
0.0

Worcester
0.0

Wychavon
0.0

Selby
0.0

Gravesham
0.0

Blaby
0.0

Lincolnshire
0.0
NOC
Gloucester
0.0

West Lancashire
0.0
Lab
Durham Fire
0.0
NA
Stevenage
0.0
Lab
Broxtowe
0.0

Hastings
0.0

Wyre
0.0

North East Derbyshire
0.0
Lab
Carlisle
0.0

Staffordshire Moorlands
0.0

South Derbyshire
0.0

Daventry
0.0

Scarborough
0.0

Fenland
0.0

Cambridge
0.0
Lab
Allerdale
0.0
NOC
Amber Valley
0.0

Ashfield
0.0
Lab
Avon Fire
0.0
NA
Barking and Dagenham
0.0
Lab
Barnsley
0.0
Lab
Barrow-in-Furness
0.0
Lab
Bassetlaw
0.0
Lab
Birmingham
0.0
Lab
Blackburn with Darwen
0.0
Lab
Blackpool
0.0
Lab
Bolsover
0.0
Lab
Bolton
0.0
Lab
Boston
0.0
NOC
Bradford
0.0
Lab
Breckland
0.0
Con
Brent
0.0
Lab
Bristol
0.0
NOC
Broadland
0.0
Con
Broxbourne
0.0
Con
Burnley
0.0
Lab
Calderdale
0.0
NOC
Camden
0.0
Lab
Cannock Chase
0.0
Lab
Charnwood
0.0
Con
Cherwell
0.0
Con
Chesterfield
0.0
Lab
City of London
0.0
NA
Cleveland Fire
0.0
NA
Copeland
0.0
Lab
Corby
0.0
Lab
Cornwall
0.0
Con
Coventry
0.0
Lab
Crawley
0.0
Lab
Darlington
0.0
Lab
Derby
0.0

Doncaster
0.0

Dover
0.0
Con
Dudley
0.0
Lab
Durham
0.0
Lab
Ealing
0.0
Lab
East Cambridgeshire
0.0
Con
East Lindsey
0.0
Con
East Northamptonshire
0.0
Con
Enfield
0.0
Lab
Erewash
0.0
Con
Exeter
0.0
Lab
Forest Heath
0.0
Con
Forest of Dean
0.0
NOC
Gateshead
0.0
Lab
Gedling
0.0
Lab
Great Yarmouth
0.0
NOC
Greater London Authority
0.0
NA
Greater Manchester Fire
0.0
NA
Greenwich
0.0
Lab
Hackney
0.0
Lab
Halton
0.0
Lab
Hambleton
0.0
Con
Hammersmith and Fulham
0.0
Lab
Haringey
0.0
Lab
Hartlepool
0.0
Lab
Hinckley and Bosworth
0.0
Con
Hounslow
0.0
Lab
Humberside Fire
0.0
NA
Huntingdonshire
0.0
Con
Hyndburn
0.0
Lab
Isle of Wight Council
0.0
NOC
Isles of Scilly
0.0
NA
Islington
0.0
Lab
Kensington and Chelsea
0.0
Con
King's Lynn and West Norfolk
0.0
Con
Kingston upon Hull
0.0
Lab
Kirklees
0.0
Lab
Knowsley
0.0
Lab
Lambeth
0.0
Lab
Lancashire Fire
0.0
NA
Lancaster
0.0
NOC
Leeds
0.0
Lab
Leicester
0.0
Lab
Leicestershire Fire
0.0
NA
Lewisham
0.0
Lab
Lincoln
0.0
Lab
Liverpool
0.0
Lab
Luton
0.0
Lab
Manchester
0.0
Lab
Mansfield
0.0
Lab
Merseyside Fire
0.0
NA
Middlesbrough
0.0
Lab
Newark and Sherwood
0.0
Con
Newcastle upon Tyne
0.0
Lab
Newcastle-under-Lyme
0.0
NOC
Newham
0.0
Lab
North Devon
0.0
NOC
North Dorset
0.0
Con
North East Lincolnshire
0.0
NOC
North Kesteven
0.0
Con
North Lincolnshire
0.0
Con
North Norfolk
0.0
Con
North Tyneside
0.0
Lab
Norwich
0.0
Lab
Nottingham
0.0
Lab
Nottinghamshire Fire
0.0
NA
Oldham
0.0
Lab
Pendle
0.0
Lib/Lab
Peterborough
0.0
NOC
Plymouth
0.0
NOC
Portsmouth
0.0
NOC
Preston
0.0
Lab
Redbridge
0.0
Lab
Redcar and Cleveland
0.0
Lab
Rochdale
0.0
Lab
Rotherham
0.0
Lab
Salford
0.0
Lab
Sandwell
0.0
Lab
Sedgemoor
0.0
Con
Sefton
0.0
Lab
Sheffield
0.0
Lab
Slough
0.0
Lab
South Holland
0.0
Con
South Kesteven
0.0
Con
South Staffordshire
0.0
Con
South Tyneside
0.0
Lab
South Yorkshire Fire
0.0
NA
Southampton
0.0
Lab
Southend-on-Sea
0.0
NOC
Southwark
0.0
Lab
St Helens
0.0
Lab
Stockton-on-Tees
0.0
Lab
Stoke-on-Trent
0.0
NOC
Sunderland
0.0
Lab
Swale
0.0
Con
Tameside
0.0
Lab
Tamworth
0.0
Con
Telford and the Wrekin
0.0
NOC
Tendring
0.0
NOC
Tewkesbury
0.0
Con
Thanet
0.0
NOC
Thurrock
0.0
NOC
Torbay
0.0
Con
Torridge
0.0
Con
Tower Hamlets
0.0
Lab
Tyne and Wear Fire
0.0
NA
Wakefield
0.0
Lab
Walsall
0.0
NOC
Waltham Forest
0.0
Lab
Wandsworth
0.0
Con
Waveney
0.0
Con
Wellingborough
0.0
Con
West Dorset
0.0
Con
West Lindsey
0.0
Con
West Midlands Fire
0.0
NA
West Oxfordshire
0.0
Con
West Somerset
0.0
Con
West Yorkshire Fire
0.0
NA
Westminster
0.0
Con
Wigan
0.0
Lab
Wirral
0.0
Lab
Wolverhampton
0.0
Lab