Slough is harder hit by cuts to local government funds than most other areas in the South of England, from 2010/11 to 2015/16 the cumulative change in spending power for Slough has been a loss of £141.83 per head. Of the local authorities in the South West, South East and East of England, Slough is one of five hardest hit areas.
Nearby South Bucks is only down £18.68 and Windsor & Maidenhead is hit £14.02. Spelthorne however, has gained £5.42.
Slough MP, Fiona Mactaggart commented, “The conservatives before the election said we are all in it together, in Government they promised all would bear an equal share of the pain of spending cuts. These figures show that the Conservative government is directing the cuts to areas which have Labour Councils, and protecting their Tory friends. It is not right or fair that our town should be hit so much. I congratulate Slough Council for producing a budget which does not increase our taxes, but these cuts mean that it will have to reduce services.
“The Government benefits directly from Sloughs success in attracting business, but that benefit doesn’t directly lead to enough money for services in the town. A different approach is needed, Local areas should be given fair funding and more powers so they can run things to suit local residents.”