Here you can find all my research and published papers as Shadow Secretary of State for Housing, Communities, and Local Government.
Local Government Health Check. Issue 1
Research by myself alongside the Labour Communities Team revealed that the Christmas period saw local authorities facing 7418 new cases where a child is suffering, or is likely to suffer, significant harm.
Councils have suffered a 40 per cent cut in funding since 2010, leaving them unable to meet soaring demand and provide safe, effective children’s services. The Local Government Association has forecast that children’s services face a £2 billion funding gap by 2020, yet no new money was given in the Budget for struggling children’s services.
The details of this crisis were exposed in the first Local Government Health Check report. Every month the Labour Communities Team will report on the neglect facing our public services and our communities.
Date Published: 4th Dec 2017
Local Government Health Check. Issue 2
Research by myself alongside the Labour Communities Team has shown that Council Tax increases proposed by the Government will do little to address the funding black hole created by local government cuts..
The money local government has to operate services is running out fast and councils face an overall £5.8 billion funding gap in just two years. The Government failed to provide the funding to address this funding gap in the Autumn Budget, and many looked to the Local Government Finance Settlement to set out its plan for how it will fund local services both now and in the future.
Every month the Labour Communities Team will report on the neglect facing our public services and our communities.
Date Published: 26th Jan 2018