We’ve taken a look at how spending cuts are affecting areas across the country, as well as in Derby:
- Since austerity began in 2010, Derby City Council has been forced to cut £96m from its budget, with another £69m of savings to be found by 2018.
- If unfunded new burdens for 2015/16 are taken into account, then the cut is closer to 10% in cash terms.
- Studies by SIGOMA, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and the Audit Commission have repeatedly shown that authorities in the poorest areas have faced the biggest cuts.
- The Government have argued that these authorities have higher spending power; however this fails to take account of the fact that they also have the greatest demand for council services.
- Policies like the New Homes Bonus and the Council Tax Freeze Grant further exaggerate the unequal distribution of Government funding.
- The government’s Council Tax Freeze is worked out based on the Council Tax Base – how much we raise through tax – and not on need. The inequality could be compounded in future if the grant is withdrawn as more deprived authorities will tend to have a larger gap to make up.