Islington Labour councillors joined with councillors from across London today (9th February 2016) to oppose Tory government cuts to councils that are leading to a £1.7billion black hole in adult social care funding across London.
Independent research, commissioned by the Red Lines campaign group, has shown that cuts to councils by the Tory government will threaten the most vulnerable and undermine the NHS.
Cllr Richard Watts, Leader of Islington Council and Labour’s London Councils Shadow Lead Member on Adult Social Care, said: “Labour councillors are standing up for Londoners against Tory government cuts to social care. The government’s decision to keep slashing councils’ budgets hits the vulnerable the hardest and spells serious trouble for the NHS. The NHS cannot survive if the social care system is decimated.”
The £1.7billion black hole will mean a cut of £4,000 for each person that receives adult social care in London.
Red Lines is a campaign run by Labour councillors to stand up for Londoners against damaging Tory government cuts. The group has come together from across the capital to speak out against the government’s short-sighted austerity and to protect the vital public services on which Londoners rely.