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Unfair Tory cuts hit poorest areas hardest

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Knowsley, the second most deprived area in the country, has received the biggest cut of any council. 

Tory cuts to local government are hitting Labour areas and the most deprived councils hardest, according to new Labour analysis. Knowsley has seen a reduction of £761 spending power per household despite being the second most deprived area in the country.

 Labour today launched a new online campaign tool showing how different areas have been hit by Tory cuts.

 Local authorities’ spending power per household is on course to fall by an average of 16 per cent (£169) between 2011-12 and 2012-20.  But Labour councils are set to see falls of 21 per cent on average, compared to a 13 per cent fall for Tory councils.

 This means that Tory councils will see an average fall in spending power per household of £68 while in Liverpool the cut is £671 per household, nearly ten times as much.

 The 10 councils set to see the biggest cuts to spending power are all Labour councils while eight out of 10 of the councils seeing the smallest cuts are Conservative-controlled.

 In addition, the most deprived areas of the country are being hit particularly hard. Nine of the 10 most deprived councils in England are set to see cuts higher than the national average, with Knowlsey hit the hardest of all.

 Commenting Jon Trickett MP, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, said:

“Local government is under enormous pressure because of politically motivated Tory cuts that hit the poorest hardest. Ordinary families are paying the price as councils are forced to cut services to fill the gap.

“The Conservatives have taken £3.5 billion pounds out of the North in the last five years and the pain is set to continue under George Osborne’s deeply unfair budget. In the context of these cuts, George Osborne’s claims for a Northern Powerhouse lose all credibility - more Power-sham than Powerhouse.

“The Tories won’t stand up for working people. They are putting family prosperity and Britain’s future at risk.

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