Poor councils receive 10 times more cuts

The poorest areas of the country are seeing the biggest budget cuts, with some rich areas actually receiving more money, according to official figures.

Councils in poor areas are receiving cuts of around a quarter of their budgets – 10 times more than richer councils.

A research by the Labour Party using the government own figures found “clear link between cuts in spending power and deprivation”.

The 10 most deprived areas in England, which includes Hackney and Newham in east London, have an average spending reduction of 25.3%, while the 10 least deprived areas – none of them in London - saw cuts of 2.54%.

Shadow communities minister Hilary Benn said the figures were “shocking”, adding: “They show the impact of David Cameron and Eric Pickles’s unfair policies.”

However, the government defended its cuts. Local government minister Brandon Lewis said: “The coalition government has delivered a fair settlement to every part of the country, north and south, rural and urban, metropolitan and shire.”


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