Government bias has cost us millions, says Bradford Council leader Dave Green

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Dave Green Dave Green

Council bosses claim Bradford is being short-changed out of millions because of a Government bias towards richer areas.

Bradford Council’s Labour leadership has accused the Government of “gross unfairness” by imposing severe cuts here while wealthier districts get extra funding.

Its leader, Councillor David Green, said the situation was shameful.

In December, it was revealed that Bradford would have its total ‘spending power’ cut by £40.3 million, or 8.2 per cent, between 2014 and 2016.

But many councils in Surrey, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Hampshire will receive more, rather than less, money.

Since then, Bradford Council’s Labour leadership has been crunching the numbers and comparing this authority’s plight to some of the wealthiest areas in England.

They say the country’s ten least deprived districts will receive an average ‘spending power’ increase of £1.4 million over two years.

And they argue that if Bradford had faced similar treatment, they would have nearly £42 million more to spend on frontline services.

Coun Green said: “It is shameful that northern cities and towns like Bradford, Keighley, Shipley, Bingley and Ilkley are being targeted by a Conservative and Lib Dem coalition to bear the greatest burden of austerity.”

But a spokesman for the Department for Communities and Local Government denied it was being unfair on Bradford Council, saying the authority still had more to spend per household than the national average.

He said: “The Coalition Government has delivered a fair settlement to every part of the country – north and south, rural and urban, metropolitan and shire.

“In the coming year councils should stay focused on cutting waste, making sensible savings, modernising frontline services and keeping council tax down.

“Local government finance now puts councils in the driving seat, rewarding them for supporting local enterprise, building more homes and backing local jobs.

“Bradford’s spending power per household is £2,360 which compares to a national average of £2,089 per household.”

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8:05am Thu 23 Jan 14

angry bradfordian says...

In the past couple of weeks we've had stories about the council being given £20m for meeting house building targets, £25m relating to social housing and the £1bn transport fund for Yorkshire that they've tried to get money from. Green was absent from commenting on all the 'good news' stories.

The shame is that I have no idea if all that funding is over & above what they used to get before the cuts because it's never explained. Do the areas in the South get these funds as well?

Even more shameful is the fact we'll never find out because Labour & the Tories are too busy playing childish party politics to explain the overall picture and treat the electorate like simple children.
In the past couple of weeks we've had stories about the council being given £20m for meeting house building targets, £25m relating to social housing and the £1bn transport fund for Yorkshire that they've tried to get money from. Green was absent from commenting on all the 'good news' stories. The shame is that I have no idea if all that funding is over & above what they used to get before the cuts because it's never explained. Do the areas in the South get these funds as well? Even more shameful is the fact we'll never find out because Labour & the Tories are too busy playing childish party politics to explain the overall picture and treat the electorate like simple children. angry bradfordian

8:49am Thu 23 Jan 14

Bacon Bantam says...

They are all the same, the youth services which are to be cut the most are in the conservative voting areas of Bradford whilst those under the Labour voting areas are somewhat protected.

Cllr Green is accusing the government of doing what he is doing up here, looking after their own voters.
They are all the same, the youth services which are to be cut the most are in the conservative voting areas of Bradford whilst those under the Labour voting areas are somewhat protected. Cllr Green is accusing the government of doing what he is doing up here, looking after their own voters. Bacon Bantam

9:29am Thu 23 Jan 14

Prisoner Cell Block A says...

Wouldn't give this lot washers to spend
Wouldn't give this lot washers to spend Prisoner Cell Block A

9:43am Thu 23 Jan 14

Avro says...

And what about the people of Bradford being shortchanged by the City Park only bringing in £2.5m set against the £80m you said it would??
And what about the people of Bradford being shortchanged by the City Park only bringing in £2.5m set against the £80m you said it would?? Avro

9:44am Thu 23 Jan 14

Bone_idle18 says...

I am sure the cuts are because the council is so badly mismanaged and spends so frivolously on pie in the sky project, that the government has to reign it in a bit.

I would expect the spend per head in some of the areas that have seen an increase is still far, far lower than Bradford.

This council are a mess, instead of addressing the many inefficiencies, they are cutting high profile, front line services to prove a political point. They are not working in the best interests of the majority of the population.
I am sure the cuts are because the council is so badly mismanaged and spends so frivolously on pie in the sky project, that the government has to reign it in a bit. I would expect the spend per head in some of the areas that have seen an increase is still far, far lower than Bradford. This council are a mess, instead of addressing the many inefficiencies, they are cutting high profile, front line services to prove a political point. They are not working in the best interests of the majority of the population. Bone_idle18

9:55am Thu 23 Jan 14

alive and awake says...

Stop winging Green and get this City sorted or get out. If all the Council workers put in a fair days work, we would see a vast improvement to services, and massive cost savings.
Stop winging Green and get this City sorted or get out. If all the Council workers put in a fair days work, we would see a vast improvement to services, and massive cost savings. alive and awake

10:41am Thu 23 Jan 14

Albion. says...

I think young Dave is just playing pre-local election politics, self-preservation and all that.
I think young Dave is just playing pre-local election politics, self-preservation and all that. Albion.

2:31pm Thu 23 Jan 14

alive and awake says...

Albion. wrote:
I think young Dave is just playing pre-local election politics, self-preservation and all that.
I hope he comes and knocks on my door.
[quote][p][bold]Albion.[/bold] wrote: I think young Dave is just playing pre-local election politics, self-preservation and all that.[/p][/quote]I hope he comes and knocks on my door. alive and awake

2:32pm Thu 23 Jan 14

yezboss says...

On terms of percentage this council has been equally treated. It may be they have lost more in actual funds in quantitive terms than another council but that it because they were given more. So stop bleating Mr Green and spend more wisely, learn how to do some housekeeping, stop squandering money on useless projects such as the park in the heart and that silly duck pond outside the magistrates courts. Stop spending money on paying too many councillors too, why do the wards need THREE? If you can't take the heat in the kitchen then get out of it.
On terms of percentage this council has been equally treated. It may be they have lost more in actual funds in quantitive terms than another council but that it because they were given more. So stop bleating Mr Green and spend more wisely, learn how to do some housekeeping, stop squandering money on useless projects such as the park in the heart and that silly duck pond outside the magistrates courts. Stop spending money on paying too many councillors too, why do the wards need THREE? If you can't take the heat in the kitchen then get out of it. yezboss

3:15pm Thu 23 Jan 14

Avro says...

If he ditched the earings, voters might start to take him seriously.
If he ditched the earings, voters might start to take him seriously. Avro

4:16pm Thu 23 Jan 14

Alhaurinrhino says...

Take some of the funds used to pay for the left wing union dinosaurs.
Take some of the funds used to pay for the left wing union dinosaurs. Alhaurinrhino

11:46am Thu 30 Jan 14

dazbot says...

Does it make any sense for a Conservative Government to drastically cut back funding to Labour towns and cities? Not exactly going to win any votes are they. I do think Bradford is a 'special case' though and needs all the money it can get for Education.
Does it make any sense for a Conservative Government to drastically cut back funding to Labour towns and cities? Not exactly going to win any votes are they. I do think Bradford is a 'special case' though and needs all the money it can get for Education. dazbot

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