1. ITV Report

London councils face spending cuts

Kensington and Chelsea faces a cut of 2.8% next year. Photo: Ian Nicholson/PA

Almost all the councils in London will face a cut in the grants they get from the Government for the financial year 2013-14. The biggest is Kensington and Chelsea who will see a 2.8% fall to £198m. Waltham Forest is the only council to get a rise though that's only 0.2%. Nationally, the total amount that goes to local government will fall by 1.7%. The Greater London Authority also faces a cut of 1.5%.

The figures were announced by the Communities and Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles who said: "The settlement leaves councils with considerable total spending power."

However, the Shadow Secretary Hilary Benn said: "It is clear that he is living in a world of his own because he simply does not understand the impact that his decisions on funding are having on the services and local people who use and rely upon them."

Here is the list of how the council budgets will change:

  • Barking and Dagenham 0%
  • Barnet -1.3%
  • Bexley -1.5%
  • Brent -0.5%
  • Bromley -2.2%
  • Camden -1.5%
  • City of London -1.4%
  • Croydon -1.2%
  • Ealing -1.4%
  • Enfield -0.6%
  • Greater London Authority -1.5%
  • Greenwich -0.9%
  • Hackney -0.9%
  • Hammersmith and Fulham -1.4%
  • Haringey -1.3%
  • Harrow -1.5%
  • Havering -1.6%
  • Hillingdon -1.1%
  • Hounslow -1.7%
  • Islington -0.6%
  • Kensington and Chelsea -2.8%
  • Kingston upon Thames -2.6%
  • Lambeth -1.6%
  • Lewisham -1.4%
  • Merton -2.2%
  • Newham -0.1%
  • Redbridge -1.1%
  • Richmond upon Thames -1.7%
  • Southwark -1.3%
  • Sutton -2.2%
  • Tower Hamlets -0.4%
  • Waltham Forest +0.2%
  • Wandsworth -0.7%
  • Westminster -1.6%

Jules Pipe, the chair of London Councils, said the cuts will add up to around 30% in spending over four years. He warned that London needs more help to build more primary schools and solve its housing shortage.