Grahame Morris MP

Member of Parliament for Easington

Tories slash Council funding in East Durham by £512.93 per household since 2010

April 2, 2019 Blog 0

Labour’s Council Cuts Calculator highlights the real cost of Tory austerity for people in County Durham.

A staggering £512.93 per household has been cut from Durham County Council’s budget since 2010, undermining vital public services.

Durham County Council’s funding from central government has been slashed in half since 2010.

Easington MP Grahame Morris said:

“I would ask anyone, what would they have to cut if they lost half their income.

Local Authorities have a legal duty to provide statutory services and the government are well aware that by cutting central funding they are pushing up Council Tax for working families who are already struggling to make ends meet.

We need a fair funding formula, based on the needs of the community and service demand, rather than pushing up the precept, particularly in deprived areas.

The government have chosen to shirk their responsibilities, by cutting central funding and making Councils’ more reliant on the precept. The precept is successful at raising funding in affluent areas with a significant number of higher band properties. However, in more deprived communities, with a higher number of Band A properties, the precept is an ineffective means of raising revenues.

The Tory Party have been a disaster for local government and communities like East Durham, who through the unfair funding system, are being forced to pay more for less.

We can only end the unfairness by removing the Tory government, and electing a transformative Labour government that supports public services, will fund local government properly, and build a society for the many, not the few.”  

For more information please visit: Council Cuts Calculator