Now even Tory council chiefs have a go at Pickles

Communities secretary Eric Pickles has come under attack from a number of Tory council leaders over the government's savage cuts to local councils, reports Shamik Das.

Communities secretary Eric Pickles has come under attack (£) from a number of Tory council leaders over the government’s savage cuts to local councils – which even they describe as “potentially devastating”, “unfair” and affecting the north more than the south. Their anger echoes that of Liberal Democrat town hall leaders, who wrote a letter (£) to The Times earlier this month criticising the impact of the cuts and Pickles’s management style.

The letters to Pickles were obtained via a Freedom of Information request from Sky News, who report this morning:

The letter from John Weighell, Tory leader of North Yorkshire County Council, warns:

“The timescale that we are now expected to reduce budgets further is bound to result in a higher impact on front line services than any of us would want.”

While North Yorks chief executive Richard Flinton adds:

“Overall the settlement will be devastating for council services… If this settlement stands unaltered then the consequences in North Yorkshire for service delivering will be devastating.”

Last week, Left Foot Forward reported that the communities secretary had made only one ministerial visit in six months and had not made a single visit to the North East, South East, East of England or a London borough since his appointment, with Minister for Decentralisation Greg Clark making no visits whatsoever since last July, and only four visits since since being appointed.

And last December, Will Straw revealed that the government’s cuts to local authorites would unfairly target Britain’s poorest areas, pointing out how:

“Poor areas like Hackney (-8.9%), Newham (-8.9%), Tower Hamlets (-8.9%), and Islington (-8.8%) find themselves with the deepest cuts while richer areas like Richmond (-0.61%), Havering (-1.71%), and Harrow (-1.9%) are best off…

Manchester, Liverpool, South Tyneside, and Knowsley get take the maximum hit of -8.9% while less deprived areas like Solihull (-3.49%), Dudley, (-3.39%), and Trafford (-3.79%) do far better.”

At the time of the CSR, the chancellor insisted:

“…[those with] the broadest shoulders should bear the greatest burden.”

Now even Tory council leaders believe this not to be the case.

29 Responses to “Now even Tory council chiefs have a go at Pickles”

  1. shookyshiner

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  13. DrKMJ

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  14. Tacitus

    Oh God I love it when the Tories fight amongst themselves. Now if only they could turn their sites on Cameron.

  15. Anon E Mouse

    Which just goes to show we are all in this together…

  16. Press Not Sorry

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  17. John Dilworth

    Greg Clarke was born locally. Should show some empathy surely RT@leftfootfwd:Tory council chiefs have a go at Pickles: //bit.ly/hhmWDz

  18. Andrew Forrest

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  19. scandalousbill

    It also points to the fact that Cameron’s statements regarding Liverpool council’s announced cuts as merely politically motivated obstructionism are indeed dubious if not deliberate falsehoods.

  20. Anon E Mouse

    scandalousbill – The boss of Liverpool council is on £195k a year. A higher salary than the Prime Minister.

    Since Prime Minister’s can take this country to war, as the last (elected) one did on numerous occasions and never in self defence, I think this is an outrage.

    You cannot compare sending our troops into a battlezone with controlling a few drunken scallys in Toxteth on a Friday night….

  21. Richard

    Add in all the freebies the PM gets and you’ll find his wage represents a sum way over 195k. It’s a puerile argument and comparison and the public are not duped.

  22. Political Scrapbook

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  26. Jo Dooher

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  27. Paul Cox

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  28. Dave

    The North Lincs Tories, in opposition, have happily promoted a budget in which they wanted to cut council taxes while sacking even more than the 550 council workers who are to lose their jobs.

  29. Mr. Sensible

    I think cross-party concern about the government’s local government settlement has been bubbling under for a wile, but has now well and truely surfaced.

    Eric Pickles is now in a fare few of them.

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