Since 2010 the Government has moved money away from Hull to wealthier areas, hitting local services and Hull council tax payers hard.
You can see the results all around us - from libraries to potholes - no matter how hard Hull Labour Councillors try to find efficiency savings to protect frontline local services. Humberside Police have seen huge cuts that have left Hull with the lowest frontline police numbers since the 1970s. It’s not just public services where Hull doesn’t get a fair deal from this Government.
Hull is due to wait until the 2020s to get rail electrification – even though private money was available to get it done years earlier. Meanwhile, London gets billions spent on new Tube and Crossrail stations. Hull still waits for the A63 upgrade, while millions are made available for an unneccessary Thames Garden Bridge. Despite Hull being national City of Culture in 2017, arts funding is still over-whelmingly biased in favour of London. The Thames Estuary is set to get more than twice as much as the Humber Estuary for flood defences in the coming decade.
Hull North’s Diana Johnson has led the Fair Deal for Hull campaign, but Hull Lib Dems refused to back it. This isn’t surprising. Without Lib Dem support in their five years of Coalition Government with the Tories, this unfair treatment of Hull wouldn’t have been possible in the first place.
Now the Tories threaten Hull with further and deeper cuts over the next five years and changes that the Tories are making to Business Rates look like helping to protect councils in wealthier areas at the expense - yet again - of Hull.