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BREAKING NEWS -TORY PROMISES ARE A HOLLOW MOCKERY AND DECEITFUL SHAM – TIME TO TEAR THEM TORIES DOWN

Former ‘red wall’ areas could lose millions in council funding review

£300m a year set be redirected from deprived areas to shire councils, analysis shows

Boris Johnson in Sedgefield

Boris Johnson visited Sedgefield the day after the election: Durham county council could lose £10m a year under the changes. Photograph: Reuters

A reallocation of council funding could redirect hundreds of millions of pounds from so-called left-behind communities in the north of England to the leafy southern shires, analysis has found, leaving many newly Conservative voting “red wall” areas facing fresh cuts to local services.

Under a review of the local authority funding formula, £320m a year could be shifted out of councils in England’s most deprived areas while Tory-controlled shire councils mainly in the south-east gain £300m.

High-profile losers include many constituencies that elected new Tory MPs in December, including Workington, which would suffer from Cumbria county council’s £5m loss, and Sedgefield, which would feel the impact of £10m being taken out of Durham county council.

An estimated 37 of the 50 new Tory MPs – amounting to 70% of the gains made by the Conservatives at the general election – represent areas that are set to lose millions a year. Other notable losers include Stoke-on-Trent, Redcar, West Bromwich, Bishop Auckland, Grimsby and Leigh.

The analysis, commissioned by the Local Government Association, presentsBoris Johnson with an early test of his promise to “level up” resources between the south and the north and Midlands. The government is expected to issue a formal consultation on the new formula, which has been developed over the past 12 months, in the spring.

The LGA’s Labour group said Hampshire would be the biggest winner, gaining £35m a year, followed by Surrey county council (£25m), which is home to 11 Conservative MPs including the cabinet members Dominic Raab and Michael Gove. Big losers include Birmingham, which would lose more than £48m.

The Tory-run Northamptonshire county council, which declared effective bankruptcy in 2018 after years of financial mismanagement and is still in special measures, is set to get a £7.5m boost to its budget. At the time, ministers have refused to bail it out, saying this would be a reward for failure.

The Conservative-run East Sussex, council, which hit the headlines in 2018 after warning that cuts would pare local services back to a “bare legal minimum”, stands to gain £6m a year, while Wokingham in Berkshire, one of England’s most affluent boroughs, could get a 30% funding rise.

Johnson made a high-profile visit to Sedgefield – for many years Tony Blair’s seat – the morning after the election to celebrate his party’s emphatic victory, and he promised to repay the trust of voters who had helped propel him to power by switching from Labour to Tory.

From 2021, 37 councils where the local MP is a newly elected Tory could lose a total of £263m under the government’s ‘fair funding review’

 

ConstituencycouncilTotal change in cash terms (£)Overall % change
AshfieldNottinghamshire county council3,100,901.731.62%
Barrow-in-FurnessCumbria county council-4,849,816.44-3.63%
BassetlawNottinghamshire county council3,100,901.731.62%
Birmingham NorthfieldBirmingham city council-48,466,070.63-15.45%
Bishop AucklandDurham county council-10,327,678.82-6.71%
Blackpool SouthBlackpool council-6,324,230.77-12.76%
Blyth ValleyNorthumberland county council1,140,813.221.41%
BolsoverDerbyshire county council-3,928,887.02-2.01%
Bolton North EastBolton council-6,652,927.84-8.68%
BurnleyLancashire county council-6,616,449.94-2.22%
Bury NorthBury council-510,742.69-1.14%
Bury SouthBury council-510,742.69-1.14%
Carshalton and WallingtonLondon Borough of Sutton4,126,122.9310.35%
Colne ValleyKirklees council-6,255,726.31-6.05%
Crewe & NantwichCheshire East7,735,931.1510.20%
DarlingtonDarlington council-1,349,843.51-4.92%
Derby NorthDerby city council-5,489,488.90-8.57%
DewsburyKirklees council-6,255,726.31-6.05%
Don ValleyDoncaster city council-4,962,665.76-5.91%
Dudley NorthDudley council-4,545,491.24-5.47%
Durham North WestDurham county council-10,327,678.82-6.71%
EastbourneEast Sussex county council6,343,772.544.75%
GedlingNottinghamshire county council3,100,901.731.62%
Great GrimsbyNorth East Lincolnshire council-2,184,309.38-5.14%
Heywood & MiddletonRochdale council-5,990,378.57-9.67%
High PeakDerbyshire county council-3,928,887.02-2.01%
HyndburnLancashire county council-6,616,449.94-2.22%
IpswichSuffolk county council4,812,570.142.83%
KeighleyBradford city council-10,323,687.66-7.96%
KensingtonRoyal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea-3,176,909.92-6.72%
LeighWigan council-5,649,493.01-6.46%
LincolnLincolnshire county council5,092,206.792.84%
Newcastle-Under-LymeStaffordshire county council8,546,278.614.52%
Norfolk NorthNorfolk county council3,801,244.151.74%
Penistone and StocksbridgeBarnsley council-4,465,604.31-6.40%
PeterboroughCity of Peterborough council1,126,512.582.56%
RedcarRedcar and Cleveland council-2,516,389.34-6.40%
Rother ValleyRotherham council-5,951,242.02-8.02%
ScunthorpeNorth Lincolnshire-57,565.46-0.14%
SedgefieldDurham county council-10,327,678.82-6.71%
Stockton SouthStockton-on-Tees council-565,749.00-1.20%
Stoke-on-Trent CentralStoke-on-Trent council-8,950,610.93-11.91%
Stoke-on-Trent NorthStoke-on-Trent council-8,950,610.93-11.91%
StroudGloucestershire county council4,765,119.543.60%
WakefieldWakefield council-4,982,915.71-5.43%
Warrington SouthWarrington council782,355.661.74%
West Bromwich EastSandwell council-15,804,585.52-15.68%
West Bromwich WestSandwell council-15,804,585.52-15.68%
Wolverhampton North EastWolverhampton council-7,391,793.12-9.87%
Wolverhampton South WestWolverhampton council-7,391,793.12-9.87%
WorkingtonCumbria county council-4,849,816.44-3.63%

 

How could the government’s ‘fair funding review’ affect the budgets of English councils from 2021?

 

Local authority (pre-2019)Total change in cash terms (£)Overall % change
Barking and Dagenham-3,135,355.27-6.17%
Barnsley-4,465,604.31-6.40%
Bath and North East Somerset461,224.891.21%
Bedford Borough2,785,894.548.30%
Bexley3,991,001.888.02%
Birmingham-48,466,070.63-15.45%
Blackburn with Darwen-7,965,280.94-18.17%
Blackpool-6,324,230.77-12.76%
Bolton-6,652,927.84-8.68%
Bournemouth727,853.911.54%
Bracknell Forest3,919,912.3520.34%
Bradford-10,323,687.66-7.96%
Brent7,355,665.619.73%
Brighton and Hove-2,790,569
Bristol-6,624,136.11-5.92%
Buckinghamshire14,726,102.5617.05%
Bury-510,742.69-1.14%
Calderdale-1,821,504.16-3.64%
Cambridgeshire12,297,476.5110.06%
Camden-683,084.17-0.93%
Central Bedfordshire9,097,576.9620.04%
Cheshire East7,735,931.1510.20%
Cheshire West and Chester978,107.491.25%
City of London-203,402.94-7.65%
Cornwall-5,286,031.60-3.58%
Coventry-6,567,170.71-7.65%
Croydon6,271,307.908.01%
Cumbria-4,849,816.44-3.63%
Darlington-1,349,843.51-4.92%
Derby-5,489,488.90-8.57%
Derbyshire-3,928,887.02-2.01%
Devon4,079,783.632.21%
Doncaster-4,962,665.76-5.91%
Dorset6,480,758.316.63%
Dudley-4,545,491.24-5.47%
Durham-10,327,678.82-6.71%
Ealing4,683,326.035.93%
East Riding of Yorkshire3,994,399.725.27%
East Sussex6,343,772.544.75%
Enfield2,281,966.753.19%
Essex18,397,314.936.00%
Gateshead-5,089,363.46-8.29%
Gloucestershire4,765,119.543.60%
Greenwich-893,700.06-1.18%
Hackney-1,907,852.37-2.33%
Halton-2,808,885.59-7.76%
Hammersmith and Fulham-359,160.14-0.69%
Hampshire35,303,519.1114.23%
Haringey-944,576.80-1.42%
Harrow5,526,399.3910.71%
Hartlepool-1,105,455.06-3.99%
Havering5,694,029.3110.84%
Herefordshire-831,785.31-1.82%
Hertfordshire24,992,227.6311.61%
Hillingdon8,798,633.1215.59%
Hounslow5,454,453.589.60%
Isle of Wight-552,854.94-1.37%
Islington-3,455,651.49-4.67%
Kensington and Chelsea-3,176,909.92-6.72%
Kent12,635,095.243.84%
Kingston upon Hull-14,197,077.89-17.49%
Kingston upon Thames4,007,574.7413.05%
Kirklees-6,255,726.31-6.05%
Knowsley-11,103,367.20-20.17%
Lambeth3,057,531.943.49%
Lancashire-6,616,449.94-2.22%
Leeds-11,279,985.84-6.18%
Leicester-10,621,959.44-11.90%
Leicestershire14,143,415.7711.15%
Lewisham2,129,190.942.71%
Lincolnshire5,092,206.792.84%
Liverpool-26,468,707.52-15.78%
Luton670,114.661.51%
Manchester-22,200,038.78-14.32%
Medway1,964,974.293.53%
Merton3,444,686.448.34%
Middlesbrough-6,735,250.06-15.75%
Milton Keynes5,733,642.8811.45%
Newcastle upon Tyne-10,275,395.36-12.40%
Newham-4,480,415.50-5.13%
Norfolk3,801,244.151.74%
North East Lincolnshire-2,184,309.38-5.14%
North Lincolnshire-57,565.46-0.14%
North Somerset3,349,732.276.96%
North Tyneside-1,872,321.93-3.38%
North Yorkshire13,490,946.4910.71%
Northamptonshire7,509,804.835.11%
Northumberland1,140,813.221.41%
Nottingham-13,927,347.12-15.60%
Nottinghamshire3,100,901.731.62%
Oldham-5,342,605.23-8.59%
Oxfordshire14,256,135.9711.87%
Peterborough1,126,512.582.56%
Plymouth-8,329,010.24-11.58%
Poole1,983,782.975.99%
Portsmouth-1,809,679.38-3.69%
Reading2,381,490.947.64%
Redbridge4,079,639.146.68%
Redcar and Cleveland-2,516,389.34-6.40%
Richmond upon Thames3,973,480.1311.48%
Rochdale-5,990,378.57-9.67%
Rotherham-5,951,242.02-8.02%
Rutland1,093,424.2316.07%
Salford-8,555,905.83-11.59%
Sandwell-15,804,585.52-15.68%
Sefton-4,897,204.55-6.00%
Sheffield-13,346,873.70-9.00%
Shropshire2,502,148.583.47%
Slough2,553,207.488.77%
Solihull1,440,684.373.18%
Somerset533,219.270.41%
South Gloucestershire7,514,638.2515.25%
South Tyneside-5,594,088.37-11.32%
Southampton-6,202,260.97-10.03%
Southend-on-Sea622,982.111.44%
Southwark-2,174,697.38-2.39%
St. Helens-3,677,245.57-6.94%
Staffordshire8,546,278.614.52%
Stockport878,519.571.29%
Stockton-on-Tees-565,749.00-1.20%
Stoke-on-Trent-8,950,610.93-11.91%
Suffolk4,812,570.142.83%
Sunderland-6,482,205.19-7.56%
Surrey26,284,281.8312.82%
Sutton4,126,122.9310.35%
Swindon3,387,463.637.98%
Tameside-5,603,908.18-8.79%
Telford and Wrekin-2,496,400.95-5.82%
Thurrock481,403.811.36%
Torbay-3,518,427.87-8.03%
Tower Hamlets-3,124,033.50-3.58%
Trafford812,550.131.59%
Wakefield-4,982,915.71-5.43%
Walsall-6,386,816.53-8.24%
Waltham Forest2,635,112.034.27%
Warrington782,355.661.74%
Warwickshire5,621,710.594.77%
West Berkshire4,389,140.6016.81%
West Sussex21,307,001.3812.49%
Westminster-3,065,577.09-4.11%
Wigan-5,649,493.01-6.46%
Wiltshire9,264,815.559.81%
Windsor and Maidenhead4,938,627.2820.20%
Wirral-8,269,925.47-8.45%
Wokingham6,343,488.2930.29%
Wolverhampton-7,391,793.12-9.87%
Worcestershire7,618,324.786.09%
York2,797,635.757.18%

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