As reported in today's Barnsley Chronicle and earlier this week by the Sheffield Star and Barnsley News and Sport, Michael has warned that Barnsley residents will be hit disproportionately hard by Government cuts to local authority budgets as spending per household is set to drop by £61.
He has criticised the cut in funding, pointing out that over the same period average national local council spending will fall by £53 per household and David Cameron’s local council of Oxfordshire will see spending reduced by just £37 per household.
Under the local government finance settlement, Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council’s core spending power per household will drop from £1,652 in 2015/16 to £1,591 in 2016/17. In overall cash terms, this means that funding will see a massive drop of £6.5 million.
Commenting, Michael said:
"The Prime Minister famously complained about cuts to his own local council and yet he is inflicting bigger cuts on the rest of the country - and even bigger cuts on Barnsley.
"Barnsley Council are doing a good job to manage the situation, but cuts imposed by central government will have a major impact.
“This Government’s cuts to our local authority budgets mean there is less money to spend on local public services, including children’s services, and their cuts to social care will deepen the crisis facing the NHS".