Experts agree most deprived areas bear brunt of cuts

The Audit Commission – ‘Tough Times 2013: Councils’ financial health in challenging times’ (November 2013):

“Councils in the most deprived areas have seen substantially greater reductions in Government funding as a share of revenue expenditure than councils in less deprived areas.”

The Joseph Rowntree Foundation – ‘Coping with the cuts? Local government and poorer communities’ (November 2013):

“Cuts in spending power and budgeted spend are systematically greater in more deprived local authorities than in more affluent ones.”

Former local government minister and Conservative MP Bob Neill said:

“Those in greatest need ultimately bear the burden of paying off the debt.”

On 9 January 2014, in a debate on the Local Government Finance Settlement, Lib Dem Lord Shipley said:

“There is no doubt that cuts have been steeper in the more deprived parts of the country.”


Cumulative spending power change from 2010-11 pre in year cuts to 2015-16
Cumulative spending power change from 2010-11 pre in year cuts to 2015-16

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