Burnley cash cuts ‘seriously flawed’ says MP

Julie Cooper (s)
Julie Cooper (s)

Burnley MP Julie Cooper has attacked the Government over radical cuts to the town’s funding.

In the House of Commons last week, Mrs Cooper argued that the funding formula was ‘seriously flawed and in urgent need of review’.

The people of this town are proud and hardworking and ask only to be treated with fairness and respect

Julie Cooper MP

The cuts of 54% since 2010, which Mrs Cooper referred to in the House of Commons as ‘staggering’ were calculated under the Local Government Grant Formula, originally set up to direct funding to areas of greatest need.

Mrs Cooper said: “It is nothing short of outrageous that this and the previous Coalition Government, have systematically set out to axe funding to this town over recent years, despite all of the facts and figures available to them highlighting Burnley as an area of real deprivation in many respects.

“The people of this town are proud and hardworking and ask only to be treated with fairness and respect, however they do expect to be given a fair share of the budget which allows the Council and local services to effectively meet the need of the people who live here in the town.”

Mrs Cooper was, it seems, equally unimpressed by the Minister’s response to her question and his attempt to justify and defend the funding formula . She said: “How he has the audacity to claim that this is a fair model for funding when David Cameron’s leafy Cotswold constituency has received an increase in funding over the same period as Burnley’s budget has been savaged, simply beggars belief!”