Gloucestershire Liberal Democrats have brought forward a motion, calling for Gloucestershire County Council to write to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, to request additional funding for Local Government.
Cllr Paul Hodgkinson proposed the motion, titled “Crisis in Local Government Funding”, which was seconded by Labour's Cllr Lesley Williams. While subject to some changes, the motion received unanimous support from all councillors. Council formally noted, among other items:
- “That some councils are facing serious financial challenges with disproportionate reductions in local council funding in comparison to the rest of the public sector”
- “The £1.3 billion cut to Councils’ Revenue Support Grant that is due in 2019/20”
- “That…council services will face a funding gap of £3.9billion in 2019/20, rising to £7.8 billion by 2024/25”
Council has subsequently resolved to write to the Chancellor of the Exchequer to note the issue of local funding and the concerns of the council.
Reflecting on the success, Cllr Paul Hodgkinson (Bourton-on-the-Water and Northleach) said:
“I was delighted that all councillors formally agreed that local councils are facing a funding crisis. One in ten councils are predicted to go bust in the next three years, just as Northamptonshire County Council did this summer. The Conservative national government must recognise that the disproportionate cuts to local government are hurting those most vulnerable, whom local councils are meant to protect."