By Richard Watts, Leader of Islington Council
The Tory Government announced yet more cuts to Islington in the Autumn Statement. We anticipate that a further £70 million of savings will have to be made over the next four years – on top of the £150 million we have saved since 2010. We are now running vital council services on less than half the funding we received in 2010.
Since the cuts have been imposed, we have tried to protect the frontline services that our community relies on.
We’ve done this by cutting out waste, sharing services with other councils, and thinking about how we can deliver what people need, but with less money. But I have to be completely honest: yet more massive cuts to our funding will mean that the choices we have faced will only get tougher.
I want to be clear, however, that Islington Labour will always be on the side of ordinary working people in Islington. Despite the horrific cuts, we are committed to making a difference in our borough.