Luke Stubbs' residents' survey 2017

In 2014, the Conservatives took control of the council.


The challenge since has been to improve services even whilst grant reductions have meant we’ve had to reduce spending by a quarter.


Have we achieved that? I would value your views


Luke Stubbs


The shrinking local government cake



Council tax only pays for a minority of what local authorities  spend; the bulk comes from business rates and direct grants. However with the country still heavily in debt, the money coming from government has been sharply reduced.


Just since the Conservatives started running Portsmouth City Council three years ago, we’ve had to save £48m a year. The good news is that through prudent management, this city is one of the few that still has weekly bin collections, community wardens, school crossing patrols and all its libraries and museums.