Sheffield City Council’s Cabinet will next week consider proposals to deal with the latest round of Government cuts to Sheffield.
However, at the same time the Government have announced a £300 million relief fund of which Sheffield will receive nothing. The largest beneficiary of which will be Surrey, which will get £24m, with £19m going to Hampshire, £16m to Hertfordshire, £14m to Essex, £12m to West Sussex, £11m to Kent and £9m to Buckinghamshire.
In total 83% of the funding has been given to Tory councils, typically in the most affluent areas of the country whilst councils in more deprived areas with the greatest level of need are not being supported despite receiving much greater cuts over the last five years.
As announced last year Sheffield faces £50 million of cuts next year in addition to £300 million over the last five years, proposals to meet the gap were discussed at a budget consultation event in the Town Hall last week and will be discussed at next week’s cabinet meeting
Councillor Julie Dore, Leader of Sheffield City Council said:
“Our Government funding has been cut by more than 50% since 2010 and this government are continuing the coalition’s policy of hitting cities like Sheffield, whilst at the same time they have announced plans to bail out wealthy Tory councils who have received next to no cuts over the last five years.
“Next week we will be facing a further £50 million of cuts which brings it to £350 million in total, you can’t lose this amount of money without seeing a significant impact on services.
“It is a disgrace that the Government continue to hit towns and cities like Sheffield the hardest and bail out some of the wealthiest areas of the country who have had the least cuts, they have again shown their true colours."