Newham Council's response to spending review

27 November 2015 in Council and democracy and Mayor
Commenting on the Government's Spending Review announced on Wednesday (25 November) Mayor of Newham, Sir Robin Wales, said:
“The Chancellor has performed a massive smoke and mirrors trick with his Spending Review which is more about creating headlines than truly helping those most in need.

“While the U turn on tax credits is welcomed, the other announcements will have  little or negative impact on our residents.

“By extending the Right to Buy scheme to L&Q Housing Association tenants, the Chancellor is tearing down the legacy of the 2012 Games brick by brick. His plans will see the affordable homes we fought for on the athletes’ village vanish.

“The government’s plan to  increase  affordable homes has missed the mark. Starter Homes, Help to Buy and other giveaways won’t help residents in Newham. We need genuinely affordable housing options for lower and middle income earners.

“We spend around £88 million a year on supporting vulnerable adults.. The two per cent council tax increase will raise  £1.5 million, will not even cover the additional staffing cost for those in need.

“We are facing the biggest challenge that local government has ever faced. This government’s savage cuts will have major impacts on how we safeguard children, care for the elderly, and keep our streets clean and we will do all we can to ensure we can deliver the services our residents value.”