"Forum, the scale of the problem is simply staggering.
Government funding to local authorities has been cut since 2010 by an incredible 60%. This means Councils have lost 60p in every pound since the last Labour Government. 60p in every pound!
While at the same time, councils have had to deal with rising demand for its services. For example.
· the number of homeless families living in temporary accommodation has increased by 34%
· the number of “looked after” children living in our care grew by 11%; and
· the number of elderly people in need of care aged 65 and over increased by 15%
So Forum, we have vulnerable families, children and the elderly suffering the most from vicious Tory and Lib Dem austerity
But surely Forum, last year didn't he Tories claimed that austerity is coming to an end? I think you will find Local Government beg to disagree.
A few special funds, here and there maybe, but nothing, repeat nothing, which meets the real needs we face.
And anything really new in the current Tory leadership debate? Sorry, a big fat zero; nothing about the role of Local Government and its services
A few crumbs on social care but NO concrete plan.
It is only fair to say that Labour’s last manifesto, while excellent on many things, was short on detail for local government – and rather short on cash as well.
However, our colleagues in Labour Local Government, do have plans for what will be needed from day one of a Labour government, to begin the task for putting local government finance back on firm foundations.
And most importantly, where Local Government workers get a fair reward.
UNISON is best placed to be the voice of the local government workforce and residents.
We must build a campaign,
Like no other in recent years
This week at local government association conference, Even Tory council leaders, were admitting that a third of all councils are frightened they will run out of money for statutory services, never mind everything else.
We must be the champions of Local Government across the whole country.
Forum, get behind the motion and fight for local government. Please support".