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Redbridge Council push for answers to ‘unfair’ cuts to central government funding

PUBLISHED: 19:12 20 March 2015 | UPDATED: 00:02 21 March 2015

Redbridge Town Hall. Picture: Redbridge Council

Redbridge Town Hall. Picture: Redbridge Council

Justin Setterfield

Central government cuts are much higher per resident in Redbridge than in neighbouring boroughs, according to the council.

Finance and resources cabinet member Cllr Kam Rai claims that Redbridge receives about 58 per cent less per person in core central government funding than Barking and Dagenham and 85pc less per person than Newham, despite Redbridge’s increasing population.

The motion to ask the council’s chief executive to write to the communities and local government minister, after the general election, to highlight the impact of central government cuts on Redbridge was unanimously agreed at yesterday’s full council meeting.

Cllr Rai said that by 2018 the borough will have lost 50pc of its government funding since 2010. From £192million in 2010 to a projected £92m in 2018.

“We’re getting far less than lots of other councils and we’ve been forced to make harsh savings,” said Cllr Rai.

“It’s grossly unfair, we have got the third fastest growing population in the country and these things need to be taken into account and the change in our demographics has not been.”

The council is calling on the government to review procedures in place to assess the needs of local authorities.

Cllr Rai added: “It’s about going out to our residents and explaining why we’re making these savings when other boroughs don’t have to – it’s bordering on unsustainable.”

At the meeting opposition leader Conservative Cllr Paul Canal backed the motion.

He said at the meeting: “The scale of the deficit made cuts inevitable. It’s clear that the burden has fallen on local government.

“We’re being treated unfairly and it’s been going on for many years now.

“Our funding has gone down but our objections haven’t and that’s why we’re going to support the motion.”


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