Catastrophic cuts are facing vital services. But you can stand up for your community and demand emergency funding to #SaveOurServices.
Local councils have a huge funding gap – estimated at £10 billion in England, £1 billion in Scotland and £279 million in Wales. England’s funding gap is equivalent to 141,000 adult care workers, 46,000 refuse collectors and 51,000 children’s social workers.
In the fight against COVID-19, billions had to be spent to protect the most vulnerable, while crucial income was lost as the country went into lockdown. After 10 years of cuts, local services were already stretched, particularly in deprived areas where harsher cuts were targeted.
Watch our video to find out what this could mean for your community:
As we face a major recession and the ongoing threat of coronavirus, demands on services are going to rise. Local services must be resilient and properly funded. Yet even our most basic services are facing drastic cuts.
What can we do?
We are calling on the government to urgently #PlugTheGap.
We have created a tool that can send your MP an email – but also your MSP and Senedd member if you live in Scotland or Wales. They can stand up for your community and pressure the government to fund vital services. And it just takes one minute!
Use the campaign graphics on your social media accounts to bring visibility to the issue, and make people aware of the impossible choices facing their community:
We have a campaign guide, with more ideas about how to kick off a local campaign and detailed background on local government funding: