The poorer areas that led to Boris Johnson’s election triumph are facing new cuts in local services, as funds are instead converted to wealthy southern regions.
Hundreds of millions of pounds will be hijacked due to a new formula that significantly reduces the importance of deprivation in assessing need, an analysis shows.
The shake-up will damage Tory’s high-profile election earnings including Workington, Stoke-on-Trent, Grimsby, West Bromwich, Sedgefield, Bishop Auckland and Redcar.
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Now the new conservative MPs representing these areas are challenged to resist the prime minister before the cuts kick off next year.
“They know these changes are wrong, so it’s time for them to decide what will come first: their communities or their careers?” Said Andrew Gwynne, a spokesman for the local Labor government.
The “fair funding review” started under Theresa May but now threatens to become a serious embarrassment for his successor, who won the election with a commitment to “level” the country.
Instead, the areas of the North and Midlands that were hit hardest by a decade of austerity that stripped billions of city hall funding are threatened with more pain.
The analysis, conducted by the Labor group at the Local Government Association, found that 37 Tory deputies represent the seats “at the end of these cuts”.
In Durham County, where conservatives obtained four seats, including Bishop Auckland and Sedgefield – Tony Blair’s old seat – the county council will lose nearly £ 10 million a year.
Cumbria, where the Workington location has gone from red to blue, will be another loser (£ 7.55 million), as will Stoke (£ 8 million), Sandwell, who includes West Bromwich (£ 8.6 million), and Lincolnshire, including Grimsby (£ 3.3 million).
Hampshire run by Tory will be the biggest cash winner (earning £ 35 million), followed by Surrey (£ 26 million), who covers the constituencies of 11 Tory MPs including cabinet members Dominic Raab and Michael Gove.
Other conservation areas that will benefit from a funding boost include Northamptonshire (£ 7.5 million) – which has been put into special measures after years of financial mismanagement – East Sussex (£ 6 million) and wealthy Wokingham (£ 6 million). , an incredible 30% increase).
The biggest loser will be Birmingham (down more than £ 48 million), followed by other major strongholds in the Labor city including Liverpool (£ 16.2 million) and Manchester (£ 10.4 million).
Gwynne urged Tory’s new MPs not to circumvent the challenge, adding: “The right revision of funding has been exposed as another conservative plan to take hundreds of millions of private communities and channel it to Tory’s branches.
“In the new parliament, 37 Tory MPs represent communities at the end of these cuts. This is an important test: their constituents will not forgive and will not forget if they fail. “
An LGA spokesman said the analysis does not represent his “preference”, but acknowledged, “This is an attempt to provide some information to the advice that could help assess the likely impact of the fair funding review on its distribution. funding for adult social care. “