The Government is wrong again for it is totally inappropriate for local government secretary Robert Jenrick to say the the authority had been “entirely irresponsible with their spending and investments”.
For it is the Government who are entirely irresponsible with their funding of not just Croydon, but all Local Authorities (LAs).
The funding of Social Care has never been sufficiently funded, even before 1970, when LAs were made responsible for all Social Care and the 10 years of austerity cuts only compounded this and then the additional costs related to COVID-19 made a very bad situation even worse.
Yes, the Government has provided some extra funding for COVID-19 costs incurred, but again the Government funding fell way short of what is required.
We all wonder what this Government is good at, well they are certainly good at getting things wrong, in fact on this they are exceptional, something they have fully mastered.