A new study has shown that cuts to local government spending power in the Tory-led Government’s current spending review are been targeted at the most deprived areas.
Analysis shows that Councils in northern, urban cities and London boroughs with high levels of deprivation, predominantly run by Labour, have seen their budgets cut by almost 10 times the amount lost by mostly Tory-administered authorities in rural southern England. In particular Tameside Council (the 52nd most deprived borough in the country) looses a massive amount of spending power: the equivalent of £110.39 for every person living within the borough.
Andrew Gwynne MP said:
“We all knew the cuts were being targeted in an unfair way. Pickles’ Poll Tax – council tax rises for the poorest – come in on the same day next April as a tax cut for millionaires.
“But this new information shows that Tories and Liberal Democrats have actually targeted cuts at the most deprived communities.
“David Cameron’s local authority of West Oxfordshire loses only £34.33 per head compared to £110.39 for every person living in Tameside. Stockport fares better, losing £57.84 in funding per person.”