The Financial Times has produced a handy tool which outlines the extent of spending cuts implemented by local authorities between 2010 and 2014. Over this period councils saw their central government block grants slashed massively by Local Government Minister Eric Pickles. Below are 4 graphs copied from the FT tool which highlight the devastating impact austerity is having on local services provided by Portsmouth City Council.
Between 2010 and 2014 total spending* fell from £169m to £140m, a decrease of 17%.
*Due to significant changes over this period in how public health and education are funded these figures are excluded.
Spending on housing and homelessness support
Between 2010 and 2014 spending on housing and homelessness support fell from £8.32m to £6.21m, a decrease of 25%.
Spending on children’s centres
Between 2010 and 2014 spending on children’s centres fell from £594 to £244 per child, a decrease of 59%.
Total spending on regulatory services
Between 2010 and 2014 total spending on regulatory services fell from £8.17m to £3.88m, a decrease of 52%. Regulatory services include Environmental Health, Trading Standards and Emergency Planning.
Portsmouth Against the Cuts Together is next meeting Tuesday 11th August, 7pm at Fratton Community Centre. Come along and join the fight back against these Tory cuts.