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East of England Liberal Democrats

Cash Strapped Local Councils told "Prepare for No Deal Brexit" as Government Adds Insult to Injury

February 9, 2019 6:00 PM
Originally published by East Suffolk Liberal Democrats

Our District Councils handed £35,000 to spend over two years to prepare for a No Deal!

The Government's generosity has no bounds as local councils, struggling to even run just the most basic services are handed derisory payments and told to prepare for the shambles that is the Tory Brexit.

Year upon year the Conservative Government has eroded local government down to the bare bones. Facing huge funding gaps in the most basic of services, it is now being asked to squeeze its budgets for a No Deal Brexit!

On the 31st January,Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, James Brokenshire MP, wrote to local Councils to say,

'"The Government is clear about the important role local government will play in ensuring our successful transition. .. "I am absolutely committed to both support local government and champion the sector's interests across Whitehall as we prepare for Brexit'. After informing them of a new Website he said, the check-list ... sets out the main ways in which Brexit is expected to affect your council's business. I hope this will help you in identifying and prioritising the actions you need to take.

He then goes on to say: "Across the two years, all district councils will receive £35,000, all county councils will receive £175,000.

Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Local Government Wera Hobhouse* said: "Asking cash-strapped councils to prepare for a no deal when it is in the Government's gift to rule it out is nothing short of an insult to local services"."With local government being eroded at every opportunity and councils struggling to even run just the most basic services, to add this burden for no reason other than to scaremonger support for the Prime Minister's already defeated deal is utterly shameful"."The only way out of this chaos is to give the public a final say, with the option to remain in the EU."

"There are no words to describe how it felt to receive this letter, said Leader of Sutton Council, Cllr Ruth Dombey. 'Local government is being disregarded and facing funding cut after funding cut. Adult social care is facing a £3.6 billion funding gap by 2025, yet the Conservative Government have yet again delayed the publication of the Social Care Green Paper to outline how this vital service can be funded.

Deputy Leader of the LGA Liberal Democrat Group Ruth added: Tories are wasting the public's time and money navel-gazing and it is having a damaging effect on our communities."

To read the letter form SoS Housing, Communities and Local Government, click on link below.

Source: LGA Lib Dems

* In the February 2019 reshuffle of Lib Dem spokespeople, Tim Farron has taken on the Local Government role.

James Brokenshire MP ParliamentTHE BROKENSHIRE RECORD

- How James Brokenshire voted on Welfare and Benefits #

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