Local services in England have a £10 billion shortfall in funding for this financial year. That’s equivalent to 141,000 adult care workers, 46,000 refuse collectors and 51,000 children’s social workers. In the fight against COVID-19 billions had to be spent to protect the most vulnerable, while crucial income was lost as the country went into lockdown.
After 10 years of cuts, local services were already stretched, particularly in deprived areas where harsher cuts were targeted. As we face a major recession and the possibility of new waves of the virus, demands on services are going to rise. Local services must be resilient and properly funded. Yet even our most basic services are facing drastic cuts.
This video shows the impossible choices which could soon define our local communities and calls on the public to write to their MP to demand the £10 billion and save our services