Lewisham Labour have denounced David Cameron for slashing funding for the poorest areas - including Lewisham - whilst finding extra funding for their own communities.
This week the Government announced an extra £300m of funding to ease the pressure on councils who are facing massive cuts. But analysis has shown that 83% of the funding will go to Tory-run councils, mostly in the southern shires. One of the big winners will be Oxfordshire County Council - home to the Prime Minister's constituency which will receive an additional £9m.
This comes on top of years of cuts that have hit the poorest areas hardest. Since 2010, the five most deprived local authorities have suffered an average cut of £336 per person, compared to just £7 per person in the five least deprived councils.
Lewisham Council has faced huge cuts in funding from the Tory Government in recent years. Most of our funding comes from the Government, but this has been cut by over a third since 2010. We will have to find an additional £76m of savings by 2020. Councils are bound by law to set balanced budgets, so these cuts will lead to a significant impact on local services. The Council budget at the end of February and we will face some very tricky decisions.
Steve Reed MP, Labour's Local Government Minister said Cameron had engaged in a 'blatant misuse of public money in a shameless attempt to buy votes and buy off Tory MPs.'
Cllr Kevin Bonavia, Cabinet Member for Resources, said 'This sudden act of generosity by the Tory Government to its own MPs is a kick in the face to areas like Lewisham, where in common with many other inner city areas, we have lost over a third of our funding from the Government since 2010. We need a fairer deal from Government, but after this latest wheeze I'm not holding my breath for one.'