William Eichler 08 April 2016

‘Vindictive’ Tory cuts hit Labour authorities hardest

Spending cuts to less affluent Labour councils are five times higher than in wealthier Tory areas, according to new research.

Research by Labour focusing on the period 2012 to 2020 has revealed the average cut per household in Conservative-controlled areas will be £68 by the end of this parliament, while for Labour authorities the number is more than £340.

Labour criticised the cuts as ‘politically-motivated’.

They control the 10 councils set to see the biggest cuts to spending power and the Tories are in charge of eight out of 10 of the councils which will see the smallest cuts.

The new research also revealed nine of the 10 most deprived areas are facing higher than average cuts; a fact, Labour argued, that will worsen existing inequalities.

Jon Trickett, 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.’

‘The cuts are draconian. They are also vindictive,’ he added.

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