The City Council’s portfolio holder for finance and growth has written to the Chancellor ahead of the Government’s Spending Review on Wednesday, urging him to stick to his pledge to cover the costs of Covid, give councils a three-year funding package and to properly fund local key workers and public facilities.

Cllr Sam Webster says: “The combination of a decade of Government austerity and the costs of Covid means that councils across the country now face appalling choices that cut right to the heart of essential local services.

“The huge gaps in funding mean that all across England the jobs of vital key workers are being lost, local facilities such as community centres, libraries, leisure centres and children’s centres are being earmarked for closure and those services upon which many of our most vulnerable residents rely are at risk.

“At a time of national crisis, when residents and businesses in our communities so desperately need economic and social support, the cuts that are coming will be catastrophic. I’m urging you to change course.”

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