Saturday, July 06, 2019

Motion 2 – Local Government Finance #LabLink19

This is my speech to UNISON Labour Link Forum on behalf of the National Committee on Government cuts to Local Government.

"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".

Motion was passed unanimously.


Anonymous said...

John. Get with the programme...You can "beggar belief"...but not "beggars to disagree"... where did you get your "educashun"? You make a lot of basic grammar errors of this sort in your blog. Mind you the audience probably didn't notice anyway...

John Gray said...

Dear Troll

Many thanks for pointing out the typo. I actually meant "beg to differ" but It is good to know that I have a grammar fascist (and no doubt real one) proof reading my copy for free. Keep up the good work!

Anonymous said...

You should be more careful before casting accusations of "fascist" around. You use the term far too lightly. Labour politicians have become very familiar in the past few years with anti-Semitism. It is truly shameful that Labour are under formal investigation by the Equality and Human Right Commission, who are looking into whether there have been "unlawful acts of discrimination". Fascism is perhaps a lot closer to home in Labour.