Last week, the Government revealed the provisional figures for its 2010/11 grant settlement for local authorities. The Royal Borough of Kingston received the minimum 1.5% “floor” increase, despite recessionary pressures creating increased demands on the Council’s services. Kingston’s grant continues to be one of the lowest in London.
While this pittance of an increase was the third settlement in a three year programme and so came as no surprise, we are still disappointed that Kingston continues to get such a bum deal from central Government funding.
The provisional settlement for 2010/11 gives us an additional £1.64 per head of population, despite the average London borough getting £6.89. Tory-flagship Hammersmith and Fulham Council now receives £678 per resident, while “leafy” Kingston gets just £231.
As a borough we suffer real pockets of deprivation, and have unprecedented demand for school services. The Council will be writing to the Labour Government demanding a fairer deal for Kingston.