South Yorkshire MP hits out at Government over funding cuts

John Healey, Labour MP for Wentworth and Dearne.
John Healey, Labour MP for Wentworth and Dearne.
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South Yorkshire MP John Healey has attacked the Government for hitting poorest areas hardest with the biggest cuts in council funding.

He claims new figures show the average council in Yorkshire will lose £571 per person compared to those in the South East, where councils will lose £305 per person by 2018.

Challenging local government minister Brandon Lewis in parliament, Mr Healey said: “What this minister has not said is that the decisions made by him and his colleagues have been hitting the poorest areas hardest with the biggest cuts in council funding.

“Why must five years of a Tory secretary of state mean that the cuts in the budgets of councils in the south-east will be half the size of the cuts in inner London or in the three northern regions?

“Areas in the greatest need, like Rotherham and Barnsley, are being hit again and again with the biggest cuts. This is wrong and means help isn’t going to the people who need it most.

“Fair funding of local councils can help reduce the gap between rich and poor and make sure we don’t fail the most vulnerable.”

The figures were released this week in a report by Sigoma, which represents municipal authorities.