Since Government cuts began in 2010, Derby City Council has had to cut millions of pounds year after year. In the last five years we have already cut £116 million and now we are required to make further cuts of £45 million by 2019.
Now’s the time to act. Please write to the Prime Minister urging him to intervene to give a fair deal to cities like Derby, which have seen significant reductions in spending power, compared to increases in his own West Oxfordshire constituency. It will only take a couple of minutes but could help protect our city’s most vulnerable people.
The Downing Street web form allows you to send a brief message to the Prime Minister.
If you are able to send a letter by post, which would have more impact, you can write to:
10 Downing Street
Write your own, or copy and paste the suggested text below:
Dear Mr Cameron,
Government cuts are damaging Derby. Since 2010, Derby City Council has been forced to make £116 million of cuts to services, with a further £45 million to deliver by 2019. As a result, valued public services are under threat.
I believe that further cuts to local government are unfair and unsustainable. With people living longer, poverty increasing and the economy stagnating, the demand for support will only grow and the pressures on local authority services increase.
The Fair Deal for Derby campaign showed that unitary authorities have been unfairly treated compared to councils in the South East. It also showed that urban authorities like Derby had seen significant reductions in spending power, compared to increases in your own West Oxfordshire constituency.
I was shocked to see that Derby and other key cities did not receive a penny of £300 million of transitional funding announced in February 2016, with 83 per cent going to Conservative authorities.
A fairer funding settlement is needed if councils are to meet their legal responsibilities to vulnerable children and adults, whilst also providing those discretionary services that make cities like Derby a great place to live and work. The Chancellor’s Adult Social Care precept is too little, too late and greater local taxation is not the answer to a national crisis.
I urge you to intervene to give a fair deal to cities like Derby and provide a funding model that is sustainable, flexible and appropriate for local circumstances.