David Lammy MP for Tottenham is the latest to critisise Haringey’s plans. The following is taken from his article in The Ham & High:
Since the Tory-Lib Dem coalition government took power in 2010, local authorities across the UK have been faced with crippling cuts to their budgets year on year. Yet the perversity is that some councils have had their budgets slashed by more than others.
Since 2010, Haringey Council has been forced to make cuts of more than £100million, and now is having to tackle further budget cuts of more than £70million, leading to a decrease in spending power of more than 5.4 per cent.
Quite unbelievably, other local authorities in far more affluent areas – dare I say Conservative and Liberal Democrat voting areas – such as Cambridge, Buckinghamshire and Surrey, are actually seeing increases in their spending power.
It is surprising that Lynne Featherstone, the Liberal Democrat MP for Hornsey and Wood Green, appears to be opposing many of the council’s proposed cuts when she actually voted for every single one of the government’s measures that made these budget cuts unavoidable.
Read the full article here.