Southport Labour Action Team provide MP Pugh with the answers! April 4th, 2013 admin Latest News Shares Comments Southport Labour Action Team provide MP Pugh with the answers! Local Libdem MP John Pugh has been struggling to get information about central Government funding of Sefton Council so Southport Labour Action Team have now generously stepped in to help him and his staff out. According to Hansard, in the past month Mr Pugh has asked several questions in parliament about Government grants to Sefton Council. Each time he asks, the minister concerned refers him to the Government’s own website. What’s remarkable is that Mr Pugh in 2011-12 spent £93,000 of taxpayer’s money on staff salaries yet not one of them can take the minister’s hint and look up the information on one of their computers, or even just ask the council. Now the unpaid volunteers at Southport Labour Action Team have stepped in to help and after studying data freely available on spreadsheets from the Department of Communities and Local Government website the following official figures reveal the scale of the reduction in spending power at Sefton MBC: Year Spending power Cut from 2010-11 10-11 £289m 11-12 £269.4m £19.6m 12-13 £254.8m £34.2m 13-14 £249.3m £39.7m 14-15 £237.5m £51.5m TOTAL CUT £145m We are left wondering why Mr Pugh is asking these questions. After all he has failed to oppose these cuts to Sefton’s funding inflicted by the Tory/Libdem coalition and must have known the predictably damaging effect they are having on local services and the local economy, Submit News Contact us with your community, business or sport news. Phone 07930717137 Email [email protected] Twitter www.twitter.com/onthespot_news Breaking local news as it happens, searchable archives with photographs, the ability to instantly comment on news articles – there are so many advantages to OTS (Onthespot) News. If you want your news read locally online then send it to [email protected] – relying only on the newspaper is to restrict yourself to an ever reducing audience. Onthespot – your online reporter www.onthespotnews.co.uk Do you have a story to tell? Call OTS www.callots.co.uk Please text or phone 07930717137 or email [email protected] Follow OTS (Onthespot) on Twitter www.twitter.com/onthespot_news Related Comments comments!