News from Len Duvall OBE: Spring Statement offers little hope for Londoners
In response to the Chancellor’s Spring Statement, Labour’s London Assembly Budget Spokesperson, Len Duvall AM, said:
“Public services and local authorities are in desperate need of investment from central Government – today’s statement shows that is simply not forthcoming.
“Despite offering a vague outline of a spending review, the Chancellor has offered little hope for those people and services who have been on the blunt end of the Government’s sustained austerity agenda.
“The Government has missed an opportunity to reverse the damaging police cuts contributing to rising crime across our country. Disappointingly, the Chancellor has announced only £100 million of extra funding for police forces across England. This amounts to a mere tenth of the swingeing cuts being made to the Met Police’s budget, which over the coming years will exceed £1 billion.
“Whilst it is welcome that a share of the Housing Infrastructure Fund has been made available for regeneration projects in West London and that more money will be put towards affordable housing across England, this sadly represents a drop in the ocean compared to the level of funding that the capital needs.
“This lacklustre statement shows an unwillingness to take any form of decisive action to address the challenges facing London’s economy and protect our vital services during this crucial time.”