Cllr Richard Watts, Leader of Islington Council, responds to the National Government Budget on 29th October 2018 –
“It’s clear that Tory austerity is alive and kicking.
“Despite promises from the Prime Minister, today’s national government budget confirmed that cuts to local councils, like Islington, will continue.
“Last week, I wrote to the Chancellor asking him to support Islington to help us make the borough a fairer place for all. Sadly, those calls fell on deaf ears.
“By failing to end the cuts to Islington Council – which have already seen us lose 70% of our core central government funding since 2010 – the Tories are showing that austerity is here to stay.
“There was also no new funding for the police, despite Islington having lost 300 police officers since 2010.
“There were also no major changes to the deeply unfair Universal Credit, which will see families in Islington lose over £600 a year on average.
“It’s clear that we need a Labour Government, led by Jeremy Corbyn MP, to end austerity, invest in public services and to support local people.”