Calderdale and Kirklees MPs’ responses to Covid19 emergency funding open letter

We’ve sent open letters to the 6 Calderdale and Kirklees MPs, each signed by a number of their constituents.

Neither Calderdale MP has so far replied. The Colne Valley MP has and so has the Dewsbury MP.

Colne Valley MP’s reply

Dear Chrissie,

Thank you for your email and letter from a number of my constituents involved with Calderdale and Kirklees 999 Call for the NHS. I am very well thank you, I hope you are too.

I have written via email to the Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP, the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, including your letter and emphasised the point that we need to make sure that Kirklees and all councils, who have been so vital in this crisis, receive the funding they need in these difficult times particularly with some revenues being reduced due to covid-19. Replies from Ministers are understandably taking a lot longer than usual in these unprecedented times, but I will send you any response I receive.

I will of course hold the Secretary of State to account on this, as I do on commitments made by all Ministers.

Take care and keep safe.

Kind regards,

Jason

Ministerial waffle

On 11th May, Jason McCartney forwarded Robert Jenrick’s Ministerial Minion’s reply to CK999 member Chrissie Parker.

Luke Stephens, Head of Ministerial Correspondence, basically ignores the point that the central government dosh isn’t enough to cover Kirklees Council’s emergency Covid 19 costs and its loss of income, and tries to avoid that point by some irrelevant blether. Here’s his reply

Dewsbury MP’s reply

Unlike Jason McCartney, Mark Easton MP thinks everything is hunky dory with Kirklees Council’s Covid-19 emergency funding.

Here’s his reply:

Other MPs’ replies will be added if and when we receive them.

Calderdale and Kirklees Councils to get a bit less from second round of Covid19 emergency funding

Kirklees and Calderdale have received slightly less from the second round of government funding for Councils’ emergency Covid 19 costs than they did the first time.

The Local Government Chronicle reports that this time round, the government has decided to give more money to district councils and less to councils like Calderdale and Kirklees that have adult social care responsibilities.

Calderdale Council has received around £5.8m this time, instead of £6.1m. Kirklees has received around £12.1m instead of £12.2m.

Here’s the full government info.

The ‘ordinary’ families and communities must not bear the burden of these cuts

Together with our friends at Save Liverpool Women’s Hospital, ck999 think it’s vital that we keep the focus on adequately funding ALL local government, rather than pitting one council against another in terms of the funding they receive from central government,

Felicity Dowling of Save Liverpool Women’s Hospital writes,

The government is breaking its solemn promise to Liverpool Council over the funding of support to the people over the coronavirus.

The council claims it may have to cease all spending, a double disaster as we face a likely deep recession. The council (I think wrongly) has already implemented huge and damaging cuts and privatisation because of government cuts aimed at the poorest cities.

Northampton (Conservative controlled) has already gone into defacto bankruptcy and the council has been removed from control of the administration. Maidenhead also faces possible bankruptcy.

The whole system of Local Authority funding is fundamentally flawed. Austerity has caused huge damage to people’s lives, health, to their life expectancy and to their incomes.This coronavirus crisis has starkly revealed the extent of this damage.

The ordinary families and communities must not bear the burden of these cuts.

If we don’t fight back now we will have to eventually.

Liverpool’s people have organised mutual support brilliantly in this crisis. The Labour vote in the General Election in the city was enormous.

There is a great tradition of struggle, organisation and solidarity.

This Conservative government is under existential threat (no thanks to the flaccid opposition). Under pressure of events it even nationalised the railways.

The appalling conduct of the struggle against the corona virus crisis leaves this government very vulnerable to a popular campaign against its cuts. The campaign should link up to other councils especially those in poor areas who are also facing problems.

Conducting campaigns in time of lockdown is difficult, accepting the cuts is worse.

The infrastructure of the local government is essential to public health to social services and (despite academies) to education.

We need a line in the sand in defence of these services especially as we face a major recession. And a possible further wave of austerity. If we don’t fight back now we will have to eventually.

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