The #BreakingPoint campaign was set up by a group of Labour councillors who want to bring attention to the breath-taking levels of cuts that austerity has made to local council budgets.
Since 2010 over £16 billion has been cut from local government – even while demand for key services has increased. The Tory/Lib Dem Coalition government (2010-2015) and the Tory government (2015-today) have tried to shift the blame for their cuts onto local councils – and they are planning even more cuts as they pursue their ideological mission to shrink the size of the state.
Labour councils and councillors have been at the frontline of the fight against Tory cuts since austerity began, and have worked hard to protect residents from the worst effects of austerity. But now too many council budgets are at #BreakingPoint – so Labour councillors are fighting back under the banner of ‘Labour Councillors Fighting Austerity’ and working with the LGA Labour Group to highlight the importance of ending austerity in local government.