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Gordon highlights human impact of damaging Tory Government cuts on Blackpool

Gordon has used a Commons debate to highlight the day to day impact that damaging Tory cuts are having on ordinary working people in the town.Gordon_Commons.jpg

The town has had around £50 million stripped from its budget since 2010, with funding being cut by £114 per person – two and a half times the national average.

Speaking in a debate about the Government’s funding for Local authorities in the year ahead, Gordon addressed the human effect, explaining that the severity of government cuts were having a big impact on job losses, vital council services and opportunities for Blackpool’s young people.

He said: “Blackpool has been unjustly treated by this Tory-led Government - compared to other parts of the country, the town has been hit twice as hard with funding cuts, putting our communities and some of our most vulnerable residents under enormous pressures and difficulties.

“The Tory-led Government has completely failed to take into account the strains of many of my constituents, including disabled and older people.

“The cuts have been very damaging to our town - resulting in 759 council job losses since 2010, vital services going and opportunities for young people being lost.

“As the sixth most deprived authority in the country, the funding settlement has been completely unfair with some of the poorest areas like ours being hardest hit, when some of the southern Tory councils are seeing an increase.”

Gordon also criticised the comments made by Iain Duncan Smith, the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, who said “no-one should be suffering” on his visit to the town last Friday.

The Blackpool South MP added: “The stark reality is that some of our most vulnerable residents are suffering as a direct result of his policies. Whether it be the Bedroom Tax, cruel benefit sanctions, or the cuts to the voluntary sector, people in Blackpool are being given a raw deal. I see it in my casework on an all too regular basis.”

Through its proposals for devolution and policies to help the many, Gordon said a Labour Government would have a fairer settlement for the people of Blackpool.

He said: “Our Labour-run council in Blackpool is already doing a very good job in such difficult circumstances. But under a Labour Government and our devolution proposals and plans to tackle the cost of living, we would give councils greater powers so they can make even more of a difference to their local communities.”

Concluding the debate Labour's Shadow Communities Minister Andy Sawford praised Gordon for highlighting Blackpool’s needs and his fears that Government cuts were “thinning the very fabric that had kept that community together”

Mr Sawford added: “I recognise those remarks - as I am sure do Members on both sides of the House.”

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