According to the Guardian’s analysis of council cuts Tory local government cabinet supremo Eric Pickles’ is presiding over drastic spending cuts which will hit the poorest in society hardest. Data compiled by Newcastle city council shows alarming divides in council funding: between rich and poor, north and south and rural and urban areas.
The analysis showed councils in northern, urban cities and London boroughs with high levels of deprivation predominately run by Labour have seen had their budgets cut by almost ten times the amount taken from mostly Tory-administered rural southern England authorities during the government’s first spending round, according to an analysis by officials.
According to the analysis Blackburn with Darwen is the sixth worse sufferer of cuts behind the London Boroughs of Hackney & Newham , the Cities of Liverpool & Manchester & the Borough of Knowsley . This is despite the analysis showing that over 1 in 4 (26.8%) children in BWDBC are living in poverty.
The figures show that every person in Blackburn with Darwen has lost £205.40 as a result of the savage cuts imposed by the Coalition Government whereas leafy Boroughs, mainly in the South, have been treated much less harshly.
For example, residents who live in Richmond upon Thames have only lost a paltry £12 each where as those who live in Cheshire East represented by the Chancellor George Osborne have only lost £20 & people living in West Oxfordshire whose MP is David Cameron have only lost £34.
If you were being cynical you could say that in the main the rich parts of the country have had the price of a takeaway or a night out at the Cinema taken from them, whilst in the poorer area families have lost the equivalent an entire week’s budget.
So much for Cameron’s claim about us all being in this together!
Commenting on the figures shadow communities secretary Hilary Benn has also pointed out that Labour councils on average suffer cuts of more than £107 per head compared with Tory authority cuts of £36 and Liberal Democrat ones of just £38. He suggests local government funding is being used to alleviate the impact of cuts on Tory voters at the expense of Labour voters.
For further information see http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/datablog/2012/nov/14/council-cuts-england-detailed