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Council cuts 'targeted towards deprived areas'

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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 during the government's first spending round, according to official analysis.

Figures produced by Newcastle city council show that, on average, local authorities faced a cut of £61 a year for each person in the total funding they received from government throughout the coalition's first comprehensive spending review, ending March 2014. Newcastle had considered money poured into 330 local authorities directly and also through schemes such as the new homes bonus and the council tax freeze.

Analysis of the data by the Guardian reveals that in the 50 worst councils affected by the government's decision to slash local authority budgets from 2010, the average cut was £160 per head. This group included the poorest populations in Britain – such as the most deprived council in the country, Hackney, and struggling urban areas of the north such as Liverpool, Rochdale and South Tyneside. In this group, on average a third of children were living in poverty.

In contrast, the 50 councils least affected were those such as Wokingham, Richmond and Elmbridge – largely in the well-heeled south. They suffered cuts on average of £16 a head over the three-year period and had child poverty rates of 10%.

The distribution and pattern of the cuts, said the Labour leader of Newcastle city council, Nick Forbes, was demonstrably unfair. "As a result we are having to slash public services that many people rely on. Things like Sure Start and children's centres have had to close, which really make an impact on the cycle of poverty".

In the past week 10 libraries in the city have been marked for closure as well as the majority of its swimming pools by 2016.

He warned that councils could go bust. "If this goes on, by 2018 we will see the end of local government as we know it," he said.

"Many councils are staring at bankruptcy if the government continues this Darwinian approach of only the strong surviving".

In Westminster Hilary Benn, the shadow secretary for local government, said his office had also examined the data, which was released this month by council officials. He said the cuts were "politically targeted". Labour local authorities suffered losses of £108 a head, while Tory-run councils suffered a comparable loss of £36.

"Of the 50 worst-hit councils, 43 are Labour. Of the least-hit 50 councils, 42 are Tory. This looks like local government funding is being used to alleviate the impact of cuts on Tory voters at the expense of Labour voters," said Benn. "This new information shows just how the Tories and Liberals have targeted cuts in a way that doesn't reflect the resources communities need".

Claire Kober, Labour leader of London's Haringey council, which has seen budgets cut by £170 a head and is the 11th most deprived local authority in Britain, said this amounted to £84m in budget cuts. "Our budget is down to £280m a year and I am extremely concerned because the chancellor has signalled that his autumn statement in December will say we can expect austerity until 2017. This when we are expected to absorb £5m in council tax cuts and build classrooms for 240 more children."

Tony Travers of the London School of Economics said councils should prepare themselves to be in an "extraordinarily reduced position in 2020. For all the talk of localisation the UK remains the most centralised government in the western world. Yet the truth is local government is the most efficient of public services."

The Local Government Association said councils suffered a 28% cut in cash they get from central government between 2010/11 and 2014/15. However the rising cost of social care, especially in county councils, would mean the money available by 2020 to fund council services like road maintenance, libraries and leisure centres will have shrunk by 90% in cash terms.

LGA Chairman, Sir Merrick Cockell, said: "Councils have borne the brunt of cuts to public spending. They have worked extremely hard to protect core services from the full impact but they are running rapidly out of wriggle room."

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we need more news topics like this so pos for bothering

should post link tho so i aint gota search

here's the map for the worst hit areas

http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/datablog/interactive/2012/nov/14/local-authority-cuts-map

who's areas been cut?

we're £101 per head round err

stories like this make me think they're tryna encourage the public to be even more dependant on government which i dont condone

wish they'd define what this 'social care' is a bit more

this wont affect me only pisstake would be if they f*ck over carers for the elderly n take away more libraries in the area

i dont really give a f*ck about government run gyms tho tbh

scrap the welfare system i say

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£178.84 cut per person, 2010-11 to 2012-13

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we need more news topics like this so pos for bothering

should post link tho so i aint gota search

here's the map for the worst hit areas

http://www.guardian....hority-cuts-map

who's areas been cut?

we're £101 per head round err

stories like this make me think they're tryna encourage the public to be even more dependant on government which i dont condone

wish they'd define what this 'social care' is a bit more

this wont affect me only pisstake would be if they f*ck over carers for the elderly n take away more libraries in the area

i dont really give a f*ck about government run gyms tho tbh

scrap the welfare system i say

wouldn't work, crime rates would go through the roof.

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didnt even check rochdale dave ^

see they can talk out their arse about this sh*t all day

but i kno for a fact they've just spent 11 mill on just 1 of the new Link4life gyms they've built there

n this was to replace a fully functioning gym that was already working fine next door, for no reason

they're replacing or refurbing all the gyms in the area and this is all coming out of this "social care' budget that is apparently such a necessity

i kno thats just 1 example but they just squander it on bullshit anyway, i dont doubt the construction firms rebuilding these gyms are affiliated in some way to the cunts making these decisions

11 mill for a couple squash courts, a swimming pool and a gym

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oh n of course the best part is that its built in an asian area for the asian community n the few unlucky old english people still stuck there

n if they happen to kno some1 on JSA amongst their notoriously tax dodging boyos they can pretend to be them and get free membership with ease

bloody great init

n i dont care hector surely that shows what kind of nonsense is occurring

so any1 living in the green or light green areas?

come on own up so we can laugh cos u aint ghetto enough

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didnt even check rochdale dave ^

see they can talk out their arse about this sh*t all day

but i kno for a fact they've just spent 11 mill on just 1 of the new Link4life gyms they've built there

n this was to replace a fully functioning gym that was already working fine next door, for no reason

they're replacing or refurbing all the gyms in the area and this is all coming out of this "social care' budget that is apparently such a necessity

i kno thats just 1 example but they just squander it on bullshit anyway, i dont doubt the construction firms rebuilding these gyms are affiliated in some way to the cunts making these decisions

11 mill for a couple squash courts, a swimming pool and a gym

i dont even know tbh, i dont go into the main Rochdale area, just stay in Middleton

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i kno mate u dont even go into middleton centre do u im jus venting

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i go into the centre every now and then

not often though

moretime when im out im in piccadily

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and yet 'we all in this together'

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f*ck THE GOVERMENT

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i live my life my way....make money dont let the money make u

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minds tripinn

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u no wen government bodies and people who have money read these articles and just general stuff about rich get richer and poor get poorer

i wonder wot ther expressions are...

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