Labour reveals that Theresa May’s “Towns Fund” bribe is £5.7 billion short of the cuts the Tories have inflicted on local councils across the country.

Councils will see a cut of £7.3 billion this decade as a result of nine years of austerity under the Tories. The Tories’ bribe is therefore £5.7 billion short of the cuts they have inflicted on communities.

The Tories’ offer is: 

·       £434m short of the damage they have caused to the East of England.

·       £405m short of the damage they have caused to the East Midlands.

·       £1.742bn short of the damage they have caused to London.

·       £505m short of the damage they have caused to the North East.

·       £1.185bn short of the damage they have caused to the North West.

·       £353m short of the damage they have caused to the South East.

·       £273m short of the damage they have caused to the South West.

·       £709m short of the damage they have caused to the West Midlands.

·       £735m short of the damage they have caused to Yorkshire and Humber.

 

Andrew Gwynne MP, Labour’s Shadow Communities Secretary commenting on Labour’s analysis of the government’s stronger towns’ fund, said:

“Theresa May’s pathetic bribe is £5.7 billion short of the cuts the Tories have inflicted on local councils across the country.

 

“Our towns are struggling because of a decade of austerity – including vicious cuts to council funding, which means cuts to social care, children’s services and homelessness prevention.

 

“The money on offer may sound large, but it’s a drop in the ocean compared to the billions the Conservatives have cut from local communities. This will do almost nothing to reverse the damage the government has inflicted in each and every region.

 

“This bribe is a shameful and pitiful attempt to buy political support. But it won’t succeed. Voters only have to look at how their towns have suffered under the Conservatives to know that under a Tory Brexit, their local council will be dramatically worse off.”

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