This article perfectly sums up the challenges in modern public services. After eight years of austerity there is no value in moving the deckchairs around. Local Government needs more funding, not more distribution, if it is going to avoid financial icebergs.
Similarly, funding reductions in other public services like CAMHS as in this article or probation or social care does nothing more than create collateral damage and extra costs in other public services. A zero sum game indeed.
Councils in London have not been unfairly overfunded during eight years of austerity and cutting the resources of boroughs to bolster other areas following the fair funding review would ignore the severe challenges facing local government in the capital, the new chair of London Councils has told LGC. Peter John (Lab), who was elected to the role of chair last week taking over from Claire Kober, said the fair funding review is causing concern among councils in London “on a number of levels”. This is due to fears the review will be used as a mechanism to remove funding from the capital after strong lobbying from local government in other parts of the country