Government is putting vulnerable people in Enfield at risk says Joan Ryan MP
Joan Ryan MP has warned Ministers that Government cuts and the underfunding of Enfield can put vulnerable people at risk, as the borough faces £5.9 million in funding pressures on Adult Social Care
Due to central Government cuts, Enfield Council’s revenue grant settlement will have been reduced by 60% between 2010 and 2020. Despite an increasing number of vulnerable people in need of support, the Council’s ASC provision will need to find £24 million of savings by 2019 alone. Raising the issue in Parliament on Monday 16th January, Ms Ryan urged the Minister for Local Government, Marcus Jones MP, to ensure that the needs of Enfield are reflected properly in the future local government funding settlement. Joan Ryan also noted the disparities in financial support between London boroughs with “funding per head of population in Westminster and in Kensington and Chelsea almost double that received by Enfield.”
The Government is currently conducting a consultation seeking views on proposals for the local government finance settlement for 2017 to 2018 and for the approach to future local government finance settlements.
Rt. Hon Joan Ryan MP, Member of Parliament for Enfield North, said:
“Enfield Council is being forced to do more with less and they deserve credit for the way in which they have sought to protect key services.
However, it is clear that our borough needs more financial support given the demands being placed upon it. Adult Social Care is facing considerable pressures, but Enfield is, also, the 12th most deprived borough in London and almost a third of our children live in poverty.
Working with the Council, local residents and organisations like Enfield’s Over 50s Forum, I will continue to put pressure on the Government to provide the fairer funding settlement we need.”