Column for Ilford Recorder 29 November 2012

Most money for local services like schools, roads and street cleaning on which we depend is not raised locally by the council tax but is financed by central government grants.  By cutting too fast and too deep the Conservative led Government has massively reduced the amount of funding local councils receive from central government by 28% between 2010/11 and 2014/15. Redbridge is losing £40 for every resident.  Councils all over the country are now making really tough decisions about which essential services to cut. 

The Government and Tory Mayor Boris Johnson are putting at risk the safety and security of Londoners by cutting tens of millions from the budgets of the NHS, the Metropolitan Police Service and the London Fire Brigade.

 

In 2010 there were 32 Accident and Emergency departments serving  a population of 8.17 million Londoners, an average of 255,000 people each.  Tory plans will cut this to 24 A&Es.  London’s population will  rise to 9 million by 2020. This will increase the number of people each A&E is due to cover to 375,000 residents. But in Barking, Havering and Redbridge the planned closure of the A&E at King George Hospital will mean that Queens Hospital will have to cover 700,000 residents.

At least 15,000 police officers will be lost nationally by 2015.  There are already 6,800 fewer frontline officers. The Metropolitan Police is being cut by 12% and has already lost 1,444 police officers and 1,960 PCSOs in the past two years. The government is cutting the fire budget by 25% – £65million. London Ambulance Service will lose £53 million (19%) of it’s budget by 2015/16, resulting in 890 job cuts, of which 560 will be frontline staff.

Longer response times caused by closures of police front desks, fire stations and A & E departments threaten the safety of residents.

 

 

 

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