Bulwell to lose £133 per house in Government grant

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Households in Bulwell will lose £133 a year in Government grants while Windsor and Maidenhead in Berkshire gains £38 per household.

Nottingham City Council (NCC) saw a £30m - or 29 per cent - reduction in its main Government grant and research by the Core Cities Group shows that cities with high areas of deprivation like Nottingham have been hit disproportionately by the Government’s austerity measures.

NCC’s Deputy Leader, councillor Graham Chapman, is calling on the Government to distribute funding to councils more fairly after its latest round of settlements.

Under the Government’s preferred measure of ‘spending power’ which includes councils’ main Government grant as well as other funding streams, Nottingham is set to lose £133 per household while Windsor and Maidenhead gains £38 per household.

The research also shows that at a time when Core City councils are losing more funding per household than their wealthier counterparts, they face higher demands and associated costs for some statutory services than more affluent areas.

It points to the number of Looked After Children as an indicator for this, with Nottingham’s figures per 10,000 children rising to over 90 this year and Surrey’s falling to around 30.

The Government Settlement reveals that Nottingham will lose £18m (5.5 per cent) against a 1.8 per cent national reduction – making it one of the worst hit of the Core Cities (4.5 per cent average).

Meanwhile, spending power increases by £2.4m (2.5 per cent) in Windsor and Maidenhead and by £27m (3.1 per cent) in Surrey.

The city council says that the City Council’s Government Revenue Support Grant could fall from £103m this year to as little as £13m in 2019/20 risking the loss of key services including libraries, leisure centres and children’s centres.