Government’s broken promise to Portsmouth. TAXPAYERS in the city could be left to fund a £12 million emergency COVID cash shortfall.
The government’s promise to local councils across the country to do ‘whatever it takes’ to help people during the recent lockdown, hasn’t been backed up with cash to replace extra costs and lost income.
Portsmouth’s Health, Wellbeing and Social Care Cabinet Member, Councillor Matthew Winnington (Lib Dem, Eastney & Craneswater Ward) blasted Conservative Ministers for breaking their promise. “Our council staff are brilliant, helping thousands of the most vulnerable in the city to ensure that they were able to eat and get medication, as well as helping local businesses. It’s a betrayal to the people of Portsmouth that once again all we have from the Conservative government is empty promises, not backed up by deeds.”