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Thursday, 30 January 2014

Labour nails cuts inequality but urgent restitution is required post-May 2015

New research by the Labour Party confirms that the most disadvantaged communities in England are facing the biggest local government cuts. Between 2010/11 and 2015/16 the percentage cut in spending will be 10 times greater in the most deprived areas than in those least deprived. The research highlights that the 10 most deprived areas, including Liverpool, Hackney, Manchester and Middlesbrough, which face an average reduction in spending power of 25.3% in stark contrast to the 10 least deprived areas, including St Albans, Elmbridge, Waverley and Wokingham, which are dealing with an average cut of just 2.54%. The big question is how fast an incoming Labour government will reverse this iniquitous redistribution of social wealth even within the self imposed straitjacket of Con Dem 2015/16 overall spending plans?