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West Lancs losing flood pump funding

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West Lancashire residents down £346 due to Tory local government cuts which will also see the closure of vital flood pumps. 

New analysis revealed today showed residents of Lancashire are set to lose £346 each in real terms since 2010.

This is due to reductions in funding by central government to Lancashire County Council.

Jon Trickett MP, Labour’s Shadow Secretary for Communities and Local Government and Shadow Minister for the North, visited West Lancashire today to learn how government cuts at both county and borough level were impacting on local residents.

The impact of funding cuts is also hitting flood defences as the Government refuses to back down on plans to close five flood pumps at Alt Crossens. The area was hit hard by floods in December and the impact of the closure is a risk local people do not want to take.

Jon Trickett, Shadow Secretary for Communities and Local Government and Shadow Minister for the North said: “Nobody should have to suffer cuts as brutal as these. It’s despicable that residents have been losing out to the tune of £346 each since 2010.

“The Conservatives have taken £3.5 billion pounds out of the North in the last five years and the pain is set to continue under George Osborne’s deeply unfair budget. Only Labour is standing up for local communities like West Lancashire.

“In the context of these cuts, George Osborne’s claims for a Northern Powerhouse lose all credibility - more Powersham than Powerhouse. Even the ex-Secretary for Work and Pensions Ian Duncan Smith has said that the Conservatives are governing in their own, rather than the national interest.”

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