New analysis from Trafford Labour reveals the Tory Government has issued a last minute cut of £1.15m to the local road maintenance fund across Trafford.
The cash promised to local authorities by the Government to repair damage on roads across the country has been cut nationally by £375m.
It comes just weeks after the Chancellor urged people to “enjoy” National Pothole Day “before they’re all gone” and days after ministers boasted about funding given to councils this year – despite it being billions short of what is required.
Independent experts have found it will now take 11 years and £11bn to clear the backlog.
Cllr Andrew Western said: “Once again, this Conservative government is short changing Trafford.
“To cut this funding, on top of handing us a £14m financial black hole by breaking their promise to reimburse Covid costs in full, is totally unacceptable.
“Potholes are the scourge of our roads – they cause widespread damage to cars and bikes which is why we had set aside £10m from local and national funding sources over the next two years.
“It’s a disgrace the Tories have cut their share so significantly at the last moment.
“To cut over a million pounds of funding the night before we had to set our annual budget is as wrong as it is shambolic. It really sums this government up.
“How is it they can afford billions in crony contracts for their friends but when it comes to fixing the roads we rely on in Trafford, they tell us the cupboard is bare.
It’s either incompetence or the wrong priorities – or a bit of both. Whatever it is, this chaos is holding our area back and it has to stop.”
Jim McMahon MP, Labour’s Shadow Transport Secretary, said: “It appears the Government is trying to quietly scale back its promises to councils and do them out of the cash they desperately need.
“Local authorities are being forced into economically illiterate tax hikes while motorists are left to contend with problems that will take more than a decade to fix.”