Local Government Finance

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 4:59 pm on 5th February 2019.

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Photo of Stephen Lloyd Stephen Lloyd Independent, Eastbourne 4:59 pm, 5th February 2019

The Secretary of State talks about the additional cash for local authorities. I spoke to a colleague who was at East Sussex County Council’s budget meeting today, and I can tell the right hon. Gentleman that the situation is a catastrophe. The situation with core funding means that meals on wheels are being cut. Unless additional money comes next year, services for vulnerable children will be savaged. Will the Secretary of State today commit to giving East Sussex County Council fairer funding? Even though this is a Tory-led county, the council is on its knees. It needs the money urgently.