Gedling MP Tom Randall has praised the government for increasing spending power in Gedling borough, saying a planned 2.3% council budget boost will ‘help ensure everyone lives in a community they can be proud of’.
Mr Randall said that Gedling Borough Council would now receive a share of £49.2 billion local government funding this year – a 4.4 per cent real terms increase and the largest year-on-year real terms increase in a decade.
The government increase in council spend is being hailed as ‘the biggest funding boost for local councils in a decade’.
The MP for Gedling said the increase ‘would ensure key public services would be protected, with significant extra resources dedicated to areas where they are needed most’.
He said: “Thanks to the investment being made by the Conservatives, Gedling Borough Council will have an extra 0.2 million pound to spend this year.
But earlier today, the deputy leader of Gedling Borough Council, Councillor Michael Payne accused the Gedling MP of ‘spinning figures’.
He said a potential uplift in funding for Gedling Borough Council would not be provided by the government, but instead is from the collection of Council Tax.
In the latest government budget announcement Mr Randall revealed…
- The Local Government Finance Settlement will include an additional £1.5 billion for social care. When added to the existing social care package, local authorities will now have access to over £5.5 billion of dedicated funding across adult and children’s social care in 2020-21.
- Local authorities will also be rewarded for building new homes, with another £907 million committed to the New Homes Bonus scheme for 2020-21 to encourage development that benefit local communities.
- Local authorities will be able to prevent excessive Council Tax rises – striking the right balance between the interests of council taxpayers and addressing pressures on services.
Tom Randall MP said: “Local authorities play a vital role in our communities, providing the crucial local services that people rely on every day.
“I am delighted that the Conservative Government has confirmed Gedling Borough Council will have an additional 0.2 million pound funding this year, which will help our local councillors make positive change in Gedling.
“The Conservatives were elected on a promise to level up local communities across the whole country, and with this funding increase, we can start to do exactly that, ensuring everyone lives in a community they can be proud of.”
But deputy leader of Gedling Borough Council Cllr Michael Payne said the funding announcement was ‘smoke and mirrors’.
He told Gedling Eye: “This is pure spinning of facts and figures from our local Conservative MP. The so called ‘increase in funding’ he is celebrating does nothing to alter the fact Gedling is the worst hit council in England in terms of change in its Core Spending Power since 2015/16 as a result of cuts by the Conservative Government.
“This year’s £220,000 (£0.2m) potential uplift in funding for Gedling Borough Council, quoted by Tom Randall MP, is not provided by this Conservative Government, it is from the collection of Council Tax. This isn’t an increase in funding from the Government’s coffers, it is the Conservative Government expecting our local residents to pay more in local tax.
“Why have Conservative-run Rushcliffe Borough Council and South Derbyshire Council received 5% and 13.2% increases respectively in their core spending power over the last five years when we’ve had a 21.3% cut – making Gedling the hardest hit in the country.
“No amount of smoke and mirrors from Tom Randall MP can hide the facts – Gedling has been hit by a £5.38m cut to its funding from central government since 2010, that’s a 61% reduction.
He added: “It’s a real shame Tom Randall MP is more interested in spinning figures than spending time taking real action to reverse the decision to make Gedling Borough Council the worst affected council in the country as a result of his Conservative Government’s cuts.”