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Poorest councils hit by budget cuts

Cambridge University research shows that England’s poorest areas have been hit disproportionately hard by spending cuts to local public services, with post-industrial cities in the North, together with some inner city London boroughs, the most affected. By contrast, a "swathe of middle England" in the South has seen relatively small cuts to spending, and these councils are far better equipped to raise local taxes. English councils have seen average cuts of 24%, twice as deep as their counterparts in Scotland (12%) and Wales (11.5%). The study also warned that plans to phase out central grants and fund local government through local business rates and council taxes would exacerbate patterns of inequality. Mia Gray, who co-authored the study, warned that more local authorities will go bust in the manner of Northamptonshire County Council without the Government changing policy.

As reported in The Guardian,  Page: 6   Daily Mail, Page: 2   Daily Mirror, Page: 2