Calls to Chancellor for a “fair deal” for Cherwell


“we have no problem standing on our own two feet – but you are cutting us off at the knees”

The leader of the Labour Group at Cherwell District Council has written to Jeremy Hunt, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, demanding a “fair deal” for the district.

Councillor Sean Woodcock says that under the Labour government in 2010, Cherwell received £9.95m a year from central government to fund local services.   Today the Council receives £3.96m.

Despite local Council Tax rises the figures, released by Cherwell Labour, show an overall core spending power reduction of 28%.

In his letter Councillor Woodcock said: “Under the Conservatives Cherwell has taken a battering. Low growth, stagnant wages, high prices and failing public services have been the story of the last 13 years. Over the last 12 months, the inflation your party unleashed with the reckless mini-budget has deepened the cost of living crisis, pushing many Cherwell families beyond breaking point.

“Yet still, the Conservative Party refuses to give Cherwell a fair deal. New analysis reveals the staggering cuts successive Tory chancellors have inflicted in Cherwell.”

He concludes: “Cherwell is a proud area, and we have no problem standing on our own two feet – but you are cutting us off at the knees.

“In the light of these figures, you must now offer a fair deal for Cherwell. Our area must not be hit harder than other parts of the country.”

Published: by Banbury FM Newsteam

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