Westminster Council has lost over £25 million in Government funding which will lead to poorer front line services and over 100 lost jobs say Labour Councillors after the new figures were announced by the Government just before Christmas.
The Council’s grant from the Government will be £25,171,000 less than last year – a cut of 14.2%. Next year the Council will see its Government grant cut from £176.78m to £151.61m
In another Government announcement relating to the Education Services Grant, the Council will lose £300,000 – a cut of 20% from £1.5m to £1.2m. This grant pays for centrally provided education services to Westminster schools, such as help to schools in difficulties.
These latest cuts follow cuts to Police and Fire Services in Westminster, including the closure of the Harrow Road, Marylebone and St John’s Wood Police Stations and Westminster Fire Station.
Councillor Paul Dimoldenberg, Leader of the Labour Group, said;
“These latest damaging cuts will lead to poorer local services, fewer local jobs and a further reduction in the general level of public services. There is no need for these cuts to be as deep and damaging as the Conservative Government is demanding from local Councils. We are particularly concerned about the impact of these cuts on front line services, such as housing, services to children and the elderly and on street sweeping and refuse collection.”