Council called to condemn every Tory government since 2010 for “the damage” done in Sheffield

A motion submitted by Labour councillors is calling on members to condemn the governments since 2010 for the “damage they have done” to Sheffield.
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Cllr Fran Belbin’s (Labour and Co-operative, Firth Park) motion aims to note that Sheffield City Council has been “hammered” since 2010 and it has almost 30 per cent less to spend in real terms, compared to 2010/11.

The motion says the autumn statement “lifted the lid on 13 years of Conservative economic failure”.

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Former prime minister – and incumbent foreign secretary – David Cameron is also mentioned in the paper as it says “just as public services face more cuts (…) it is shameful that (he) is back in the Cabinet after the damage his Government caused to our city and the country”.

The Local Democracy Reporting Service reported in August that the council was planning ahead on its spending over the next three to four years with the expectation that funding from the government will continue to be cut.

It was revealed that over the coming four-year period the council has a forecast budget gap of £61.2million of which £18.1million is in 2024/25.

The motion is to be discussed at the next full council meeting tomorrow (December 5).

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Prime Minister Rishi Sunak told the BBC last month that his government had “announced record funding for the NHS and social care, because that was the number-one pressure that local councils were facing”.

He said the government was also “investing directly in local communities” through its towns fund and levelling up fund.