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THE budget for repairing potholes and crumbling roads in Sheffield is heading for a triple whammy of funding cuts, The Star can reveal.

A combination of cuts and proposed changes to the way funding is calculated means the city's road maintenance budget faces being slashed by at least 40 per cent.

The city council is already braced for major reductions in local transport funding with a looming government spending review expected to squeeze the Department for Transport's budget by at least a quarter.

But The Star has now learnt that two proposed changes to the Highways Maintenance Block Grant will result in even deeper cuts for Sheffield - dubbed 'Pothole City' because of the state of its roads

The grant covers the maintenance of all roads and carriageways plus footways, bridges, street lights, signs and traffic lights and is also used to pay for major road resurfacing.

Ministers are consulting on whether to stop taking account of poor road conditions when deciding how much money each local authority should receive.

The Government believes councils that keep up with highways maintenance are effectively being punished for good work, while those that fail to perform well are benefiting because they get extra cash.

If this change goes ahead, Sheffield would lose another tenth of its already-shrinking budget. This would be the equivalent of £600,000 based on the city's 2010/11 funding allocation.

Both Barnsley and Rotherham are set to lose £200,000 because of this change - a six per cent cut - but Doncaster will benefit by £400,000, a 10 per cent increase.

Penistone and Stocksbridge Labour MP Angela Smith said: "This consultation has disturbing implications for Sheffield and South Yorkshire and once again it appears the coalition government is determined to do us no favours.

"They appear to be hell bent on damaging South Yorkshire."

But a DfT spokeswoman said: "It could be argued that allocating more money to local authorities whose roads are in a poor condition, rewards those authorities that spend funding inefficiently or on other priorities. "The Department therefore wishes to invite views on the option to take road condition data out of the maintenance formula."

The broken window fallacy for mechanics, poor roads means more wear and tear on cars meaning more work for local mechanics, creating growth and employment.

However as fewer people will be travelling as there will be less work the road can safely be left and don't need fixing.

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About 2 months ago I noticed that the roads in Coventry had far more roadworks than normal. Whichever of three routes i took to work would involve at least 2 sets of roadworks - and I'm only about 4 miles from the office!

I assumed that someone made the decision to spend their roadworks budget before they were told they no longer had it!

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