New figures have revealed the sheer unfairness of the Tory cuts to local councils – including Lewisham.
Tory cuts have hit Lewisham hard. By 2020, spending power at Lewisham Council has been reduced by a massive £597 per person since 2012. In David Cameron’s local council, spending power has been reduced by a mere £17 per person. So for every £1 cut from the Prime Minister’s constituency, Lewisham will lose £35.
Lewisham is one of the 10 councils set to see the biggest cuts to spending power in the entire country. All 10 are Labour controlled. Out of the 10 councils with the smallest cuts, eight are Conservative-controlled.
These unfair cuts have been repeated across the country. The average Tory-run council will lose £68. The average Labour-run council will lose five times more - £346 per person. The cuts are hitting Labour areas hardest, and they are hitting poorer areas hardest.
Lewisham Labour is doing its best to protect the local community from these savage Tory cuts. But given the scale of the cuts, they will inevitably mean difficult choices locally, and big changes for our services. However, we are still able to make a difference even in these tough times; by building social and affordable homes, and by promoting the Living Wage locally.
Lewisham Labour are fighting back. We're working hard to get Sadiq Khan elected as Mayor of London to help tackle the housing crisis and stand up for Londoners against Tory cuts. If you want to get involved, register here, join one of our upcoming campaign sessions, or help us out on polling day on May 5th.
Cllr Brenda Dacres, Chair of the Labour Group of Lewisham Councillors said; "The Tories have a very distorted view of being “all in it together”. At every turn and every policy they have shown that they choose not to be fair and equitable. The severe scale of the Tory cuts Lewisham faces is unprecedented and unfair. We will continue to work hard for Lewisham, and campaign for Sadiq Khan to become Mayor of London. Only through returning a Labour Mayor of London can we get a better deal for Lewisham and for London."
Cllr Kevin Bonavia, Cabinet Member for Resources, said "Ever since 2010, the Tories in government have been cutting funds to inner city areas like Lewisham far more than they have to rural areas represented by Tory MPs such as David Cameron. This gross unfairness has to stop. In the meantime, as a Labour council we will continue to do our best to protect our most vulnerable residents here in Lewisham."