21 April 2016

Government cuts see Lambeth with £465 less to spend on services per household

New figures have shown that government cuts will see Lambeth left with £465 less to spend per
household on local services. The research shows that while deprived boroughs like Lambeth have seen their resources slashed, many affluent councils have seen barely a change in their funding with  West Oxfordshire, seeing a fall of just £17 per household.

Across the country local authorities’ spending power per household is on course to fall by an average of 16 per cent (£169) between 2011-12 and 2012-20.  But Labour councils are set to see falls of 21 per cent on average, compared to a 13 per cent fall for Conservative councils.  Lambeth will see its budget reduced by £238 million between 2010 and 2018. The council recently set a new budget for the year ahead - you can read this report here on what this means for Vassall.

Talking about the changes, Cllr Lib Peck, Leader of Lambeth council said:

“These figures demonstrate that many councils such as Lambeth with great levels of need are being unfairly targeted by deep cuts to their funding. In Lambeth, we are losing 56% of our funding from central government despite Cameron’s West Oxfordshire seeing barely a drop in its funding.

“Lambeth Labour is striving to protect the most vulnerable in our community, by protecting our award winning violence against women and young girls unit and our council tax support scheme which helps 30,000 residents across our borough. But this deep level of cuts is having an impact on what we can provide to our residents.

“It is vital that the government’s stops this unfair policy of targeting Labour councils with the deepest level of cuts.”