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 Tim Loughton Tim Loughton Conservative, East Worthing and Shoreham 4:59 pm, 5th February 2019

I am terribly grateful to my right hon. Friend for giving way. West Sussex is thankful for the additional money and for the business rates retention pilots, but the truth is that we have had to make savings of £200 million over the past eight years and face a gross gap of £145 million over the next four years. We have one of the oldest populations in the country, with the consequent social care requirements, and we are in the bottom decile for schools funding. In addition to all that, we have “Think Family”—one of the best troubled families programmes—and it would be a catastrophe if its funding were not renewed next year, because it offers really good preventive early intervention work, the effects of which are great and save money later on.