Richmond Borough's Labour Councillor Jennifer Churchill has joined Councillors across London to fight the dangerous Tory cuts to Council funding.
The Red Lines group has been set up by Labour representatives from across the Capital to highlight the devastating effect council cuts are having on Londoners and essential services.
Cllr Churchil said:
The attack on local government has to stop. It is deeply cynical, being motivated by the hope that local councils will take the blame for central government decisions. But more importantly, it has a huge social cost: we are now facing a £1.7 billion gap in social care funding in London by 2020. Cuts to social care end up costing hospitals, putting unbearable strain on the NHS. Cuts to youth preventative services – as we have seen here in Richmond - lead to higher pregnancies and mental health problems. 1 in 10 young people in London have a mental health problem, and yet the government has cut 35million from the budget for children’s mental health.
“Worst of all, the rationale for the attack is ill-founded: hacking away at government expenditure and expecting an improvement in an economy’s health is equivalent to the dark-ages remedy of bleeding a patient. What this really amounts to is an ideological onslaught against the state. It is everyday Londoners who suffer.
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