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http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/aug/25/councils-poorest-areas-biggest-cuts-labour-says

The poorest areas of England have endured council cuts under the coalition worth 16 times as much per household as the richest areas, research has claims.

Hilary Benn, the shadow communities secretary, said his figures showed the government had "failed to apply the basic principle of fairness" when allocating money to local government.

However, he confirmed that, given Labour's commitment to matching the government's spending plans for 2015-16, a government led by Ed Miliband would not be in a position to raise overall council spending. Instead it would focus on distributing money more fairly, he said.

Benn's figures are based on the amount per household that councils are losing between 2010-11 and 2015-16. Councils covering the 10 most deprived areas of England – measured according to the index of multiple deprivation– are losing £782 on average per household, while authorities covering the richest areas are losing just £48 on average.

Hart district council in Hampshire, the least deprived local authority, is losing £28 per household, while in Liverpool District B, the most deprived area, the figure is £807.

The figures reinforce claims that have been made by organisations such as the Audit Commission, the local government spending watchdog, which said in a report last year that "councils in the most deprived areas have seen substantially greater reductions in government funding as a share of revenue expenditure than councils in less deprived areas."

It would be interesting to have more details on this like what the council tax actually is and what the spending is like for each council. Although if councils are in areas where few people work naturally they won't have much local income.

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We need to see the detailed numbers. The article is written "Hilary Benn, the shadow communities secretary, said his figures showed the government had "failed to apply the basic principle of fairness" when allocating money to local government.

....Benn, who released the figures as part of Labour's summer campaign on the theme of "the choice" between Labour and the Tories, said"

Now I don't know his source or the calculation he did. It could be made up, or there could be errors in the calc, etc.

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It would be interesting to have more details on this like what the council tax actually is and what the spending is like for each council. Although if councils are in areas where few people work naturally they won't have much local income.

of course they are.

they're all labour controlled and the councillors would rather cut meals-on-wheels than their own salaries.

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http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/aug/25/councils-poorest-areas-biggest-cuts-labour-says

It would be interesting to have more details on this like what the council tax actually is and what the spending is like for each council. Although if councils are in areas where few people work naturally they won't have much local income.

in which case we need to find out why they haven't got much work.

sure, some circumstances like the mine closures in the 80's are an explanation, they are not an excuse.

20 years or so down the line you would have thought the councillors would have thought up a few schemes to drum up inward investment...seems not.(make-work projects like traffic layout adjustments that look like the planner let his 5 year old loose with a pack of crayons don't dount)

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