Will the Tories now ensure our services are funded?

Over the last ten years, Conservative cuts have meant that we have lost £200m from council services each year in Rotherham, and the current coronavirus crisis has put councils everywhere under more pressure.

The cost of providing more social care, as well as emergency responses, comes at the same time as income from commericial services, parking, and potentially from council tax and business rates is all down.

The government told councils do spend “whatever it takes” in response to coronavirus, but despite some additional cash, Rotherham is still facing a shortfall of millions of pounds.

Channel 4 News spoke to Cllr Chris Read recently as part of a report about whether the Tories will give the so-called “Red Wall” councils the funding they need. You can watch the report here.

Meanwhile, the BBC’s Look North has repeatedly covered the challenges that local councils face. Cllr Read joined the Leaders of Barnsley and York for a recent interview.

We’ll keep doing all that we can to hold the Tory government to account, and ensure our local services aren’t cut further as the price of the present crisis.

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