Owl says: As John Crace (Guardian) puts it – top Tories these days seem to be fighting over their only brain cell!
“Treasury minister Liz Truss has been branded “innumerate or inept” after falsely claiming that local councils are not facing cuts.
Philip Hammond’s deputy insisted the government was simply giving town halls more “flexibility” to raise money themselves, rather than slashing their funds.
“We are not making cuts to local authorities,” Ms Truss told BBC Newsnight.
In fact, the Local Government Association highlighted this week that funding will be reduced by 36 per cent next year, the largest annual deduction in almost a decade.
And the organisation’s Conservative leader has warned that more councils will go bust unless ministers “address the funding crisis”.
Andrew Gwynne, Labour’s local government spokesman, condemned Ms Truss’s comments, saying: “This shows she’s either totally innumerate or completely inept.
“Councils of all political persuasions are edging towards the financial cliff edge, and it’s a Tory Council, Northamptonshire, that’s the first to go bump on their watch, with others not far behind. …”