Labour councils hit five times harder than Tories under David Cameron - Jon Trickett

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7th April 2016

The spending power of Labour-run councils will have been hit five times as hard as Conservative local authorities over the course of the decade, according to new analysis. 

Labour councils' spending power per household will have been cut by almost £350 by the end of the decade.
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Shadow Communities Secretary Jon Trickett accused the Government of “politically-motivated Tory cuts that hit the poorest hardest”.

Labour has analysed government data on how spending power - the amount a council has to spend on core services per household - has changed since David Cameron became Prime Minister.

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According to the party, between 2011/12 and 2019/20, Labour-controlled councils will have seen the amount of cash they have drop by 21% compared to 13% for the Tories.

That translates to a reduction of £68.05 per household for Conservative councils and £345.70 for Labour.

The total averages are a cut of 16%, or £168.87.

Ahead of May’s elections, when thousands of council seats will be up for grabs, Mr Trickett said: “Local government is under enormous pressure because of politically motivated Tory cuts that hit the poorest hardest. Ordinary families are paying the price as councils are forced to cut services to fill the gap.

“The Tories won’t stand up for working people. They are putting family prosperity and Britain’s future at risk.

“We need to elect as many Labour councillors as possible to stand up against these unfair Tory cuts.”

The research also showed that the ten councils facing the highest cuts in spending power were run by Labour, while eight of the ten least affected were Tory controlled.

Mr Trickett came under fire from senior Labour figures earlier this week when he suggested losing seats to the Conservatives in May could still amount to a good performance by the party.

He argued that closing the 7% gap from the general election was the target.

He also pointed out that 2012 - the last time the same local government seats were contested - was the party's best local election performance since 2001, so it was unrealistic to expect a repeat.

Former Shadow Cabinet member Michael Dugher told PoliticsHome Mr Trickett was "getting his excuses in early" and that the “Tories should be there for the taking”.