Agenda item

Breaking Point Campaign

Minutes:

It was moved by Councillor Greenhalgh and seconded by Councillor A. McKeown that:

 

This Council notes that many council budgets are now at Breaking Point. Austerity has caused huge damage to communities up and down the UK, with devastating effects on key public services that protect the most defenceless in society – children at risk, disabled adults and vulnerable older people – and the services we all rely on, like clean streets, libraries, and children’s centres;

 

This council further notes :

      Conservative Government cuts mean councils have lost 60p out of every £1 that the last Labour Government was spending on local government in 2010;

      With an aging population and growing demand adult social care faces a gap of £3.5 billion – with only 14% of council workers now confident that vulnerable local residents are safe and cared for

      Government cuts have seen over 500 children’s centres and 475 libraries close, potholes are left unfilled, and 80% of councils workers now say have no confidence in the future of local services

      Northamptonshire has already gone bust, and more councils are predicted to collapse without immediate emergency funding

      Councils now face a further funding gap of £7.8 billion by 2025 just to keep services ‘standing still’ and meeting additional demand. Even Lord Gary Porter, the Conservative Chair of the Local Government Association, has said ‘Councils can no longer be expected to run our vital local services on a shoestring’

 

This Council condemns Chief Secretary to the Treasury Liz Truss for stating on BBC Newsnight on 1st October 2018 that the government is “not making cuts to local authorities”, when all independent assessments of government spending show that this is entirely false; and that this Council further notes that Prime Minister Theresa May has also claimed that “austerity is over” despite planning a further £1.3bn of cuts to council budgets over the next year;

 

This Council agrees with the aims of the ‘Breaking Point’ petition signed by labour councillors across the country, in calling for the Prime Minister and Chancellor to truly end austerity in local government by:

      Reversing next years planned £1.3bn cut to council budgets;

      Immediately investing £2bn in children’s services and £2bn in adult social care to stop these vital emergency services from collapsing;

      Pledging to use the Spending Review to restore council funding to 2010 levels over the next four years

 

This Council resolves to:

·         Support the ‘Breaking Point’ campaign, recognising the devastating impact that austerity has had on our local community

·         Ask the Leader of the Council to write to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, the Prime Minister, and the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government setting out the funding pressures faced by our local council, and calling on the Government to truly end austerity in local government.

 

Councillor A. McKeown  supported by one quarter of members present and voting, requested a recorded vote, the result of which was as follows:

 

FOR

AGAINST

Atkins

Ashton

Barrow

Douglas

Dowson

Flower

Greenhalgh

Fox

Huddlestone

Grooby

Kelly

Haken

Kerr

Hardy

Lomax

Helliwell

McKeown, A

Howe

McKeown, R

Kappes

Oakley

Kemp

Pritchard

McCabe

Quinn

Perkins

Siddal

Roberts

Sloman

Sizeland

Todd

Thrane

 

Walton

 

Wharmby, G

 

Wharmby, J

 

Young

 

When put to the meeting the motion was declared lost.

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