Caroline Flint MP, Labour’s Shadow Local Government Secretary, responding to the publication of the Government’s final Local Government Finance Settlement, said:
“This settlement is neither fair nor progressive and will provide no comfort to councils facing the worst cuts in a generation.
“The breakneck speed and size of the Tory-led Government’s reckless front-loaded cuts will hit local jobs, economic growth and vital frontline services like libraries, children’s centres and road maintenance.
“Even some Tory councils are warning the cuts are too fast and too deep.
“Yet Eric Pickles has ignored pleas to spread the burden of the cuts over four years and ignored all the evidence showing the most deprived councils will be hit hardest – and communities up and down the country will pay the price.”