18 days ago George Osborne announced some Â£6.2 billion of in year spending cuts for the current financial year 2010/11. Yesterday the Department for Communities and Local Government spelt out where the axe would fall in individual local authorities, see their press release here.
It looks like Ealing is going to lose Â£1.8 million this year or 0.4% of its central government grant made up as follows:
Department for Education Area Based Grant (ABG) Â£1.496 million
Supporting People Administration ABG Â£172,000
Prevent ABG Â£102,000
Cohesion ABG Â£18,000
Home Office ABG Â£46,000
This will be a blow to the new administration in Ealing and it will cause some local services to change, probably for the worse in most cases. In year cuts are always awkward because they are unplanned. The Labour group in Ealing will no doubt jump up and down and tell us how terrible the coalition is to impose these cuts on Ealing but let us be clear where the blame lies…
… as confirmed by Liam â€œthere’s no money leftâ€ Byrne and Lord Myners:
There is nothing progressive about a government that consistently spends more than it can raise in taxation and certainly nothing progressive that endows generations to come with the liabilities incurred with respect to the current generation.