Walton MP Steve Rotheram questions government over council grant reduction
(June 23, 2011)
Steve has demanded the government hand back £11m which he claims was wrongly snatched from Liverpool council.
But ministers ducked a protest by the former Lord Mayor of Liverpool that the city’s Supporting People budget – to help vulnerable pensioners, the homeless and people with mental health problems – was slashed by 30%.
In the Commons, Steve asked how the cut fitted with the government’s statement no council was losing more than 1% from that funding.
But local government minister Grant Shapps repeated an earlier statement that the city got far more in grant per head than other authorities.