Andrew Gwynne MP has backed the campaign by the Special Interest Group of Municipal Authorities (SIGOMA), who have launched an e-petition to ‘Stop the Growing Divide’ between areas which are the most and least affected by government cuts.
With the support from council leaders and MPs who represent deprived areas across the country, Sigoma is running a campaign which asks government for a discussion about how to put fairness to the top of the agenda. The campaign will run from September until December.
Andrew Gwynne MP said:
“It’s clear that local councils across the north of England, including both Stockport and Tameside Councils which cover my Denton and Reddish constituency, have really suffered as a result of government’s austerity programme and will have suffered cuts of more than a third between 2010 and 2016. Some estimates suggest that this amounts to a difference in cuts of over £900 a head between the least and worst effected places. I would certainly urge people to sign this petition.”
With welfare reform and further cuts planned in the years ahead, it is some of the poorest areas that are set to suffer further. Council leaders from across the country have warned this government of the risk of service failure from further cuts. Leading thinkers have shown that if the economy becomes more regionally imbalanced there will be little chance of sustainable long term national prosperity.
A campaign and e-petition have been launched to invite discussion on how to ‘Stop the Growing Divide’. Local organisations will be encouraging support for this message between now and December. It ask the government not to turn its back on those towns and cities that have made this country wealthy but to help regenerate them before the poorest areas get left behind as a result of further cuts.
You can sign the petition online at http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/51366 to help Stop the Growing Divide.