Ric Metcalfe, Leader of the City of Lincoln Council, has this week met with Jon Trickett MP, Labour’s Shadow Communities and Local Government Secretary.
Jon, who was in the City to hear about the city council’s ban on legal highs with Ric and Labour’s Police and Crime Commissioner candidate, Lucinda Preston, also met with the council leader to discuss the pressures placed on local authorities due to the Tories unprecedented cuts to council budgets.
Speaking after the meeting Ric Metcalfe said: “This visit provided a good opportunity to brief the Shadow DCLG minister on how difficult the Government are making it, particularly for district councils.
“He was impressed with Lincoln and the progress the City Council has been making on various projects to grow our economy, improve opportunities for people in Lincoln and tackle our housing crisis.”
Jon Trickett MP, Labour’s Shadow Communities and Local Government Secretary said: “Last week George Osborne found £300 million extra to give to Local Councils to ease the pain of the cuts a little. Lincoln City Council didn’t get a single penny piece extra whereas places like Surrey received £24 million, Hampshire £18 million and Essex £13.9 million. The Chancellor is blatantly favouring the richer Tory shire counties.
“How on earth can Karl McCartney, MP for Lincoln who has consistently supported the Tories plan to cut central government funding to local government, justify voting for this plan as he did only days ago? He should hang his head in shame for not standing up for the people of Lincoln.
“David Cameron said he would be a One Nation Prime Minister but these figures expose that claim as being nothing more than a sham.
“It betrays a basic sense of fairness that some of the most deprived areas of the UK have been left behind while Tory councils have been handed the lion’s share of much-needed resources.
“Only Labour will stand up for local communities right across the country that are being hit hard by the Tories’ failing policies.”