The FT’s Alphaville columnist Cardiff Gardia notes that the very wealthy (we add including the prime minister, one of his homes pictured) have little need for state-provided education or health care; they therefore have every reason – (we add) if bereft of ethical and humane feelings – to support NHS cuts, to fight any increase in taxes and no reason to worry about the low quality of public education.
The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has published figures informing us that total funding for Birmingham City Council will be cut by £43 million next year, leaving the authority less to spend on care for the elderly, child protection and other services it provides.
The only council with a higher cut is the City of London, a central area where few people actually live.
Inequality nearer home:
The DCLG has published numbers based on the total income for every council, including government grants and council tax.
Birmingham Council, (some needs pictured) cut per household next year £100
Solihull Council, (far more affluent) cut per household next year £46
Leader of the Council, Cllr John Clancy’s response to today’s local government settlement: “ . . . our first impressions are that there is little to celebrate for next year”
“We are very disappointed to see that Birmingham is once again one of the hardest hit authorities. We will receive a 4.8% cut in spending power per dwelling, yet the national average is a 2.8% cut, and authorities like Horsham and East Devon will actually receive increases of around 8% and 7%. This translates to £100 less per dwelling for Birmingham compared to £52 less for England as a whole for 2016/17. This is despite the Government taking on board our Fairer Funding proposals. However, I welcome the Secretary of State’s agreement to meet with our MPs to discuss how Birmingham can get a better deal from the government.
“Although we fully support the intention to give councils more independence by allowing them to keep business rates instead of relying on government grant after 2020, Birmingham needs enough funding to support vital public services.
“We will analyse the data in detail and of course await the final settlement in the New Year before we can come to a clear view on how it impacts on our budget plans.
Garcia outlines the implications
These cuts will further reduce ‘dimensions of wellbeing’, which include the ability to participate in a democratic society, to be well educated and to be healthy.
In short: not to be the victim of others’ search for enrichment.