Gordon has hit out at the Tory-led Government for the unfairness of local government cuts, commenting that it will mean “no Christmas joy for Blackpool”.
Blackpool Council will have its funding slashed by a further 4.7% for 2015/16, meaning that the town will lose £8 million from its budget, while Tory shires such as Surrey (3.1%) and West Sussex (2.6%) in the south will receive yet another increase in council funding.
Gordon said: “Once again Blackpool and the North West has been given a raw deal by this Tory-led Government - it will bring no joy for many people this Christmas. This comes at the same time when many in Conservative authorities in the south such as Surrey and West Sussex will yet again receive big increases in their funding.
“It shows the Tories’ utter contempt for people in Blackpool and the North West and if you throw in the Bedroom Tax and the cuts to welfare provision, Blackpool has been hit very hard by this Government.”
Despite the adversity the Labour run authority was facing, Gordon praised the “resilience” of the council, who were doing their upmost in continuing to support and protect the town’s most vulnerable and poorest.
He added: “This was a chance to address the charge of complacency but it is now clear that the government doesn’t have a plan for the future of local services. Labour would encourage further sharing of services to protect the frontline and keep the services residents rely on.”