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Austerity is hitting the North hardest - report; Most deprived paying highest cost for cuts Mike Kelly Reporter

ASHOCK report on the Government's austerity measures has highlighted their 'human cost'. It counts Newcastle City Council among a group of major, yet deprived, authorities which have had their funding cut by PS220 per head of population since 2010, compared with just PS40 in wealthier areas.

Published by the respected Joseph Rowntree Foundation, its authors warned that austerity measures should be slowed down or some councils might reach a point soon when they are unable to uphold the services they are legally required to provide.

Since the 1960s areas with social problems like high unemployment and health issues have been given proportionately more cash to deal with the extra demands on them.

In 2010/11, they had an extra 45% of expenditure per head to cope with them. But by 2014/15, this had slumped to 17%.

And, with the current austerity programme is due to run for another four years, the gure looks set to fall still further, unless the new government elected in May changes it.

Nick Forbes, leader of Newcastle City Council, who last week oversaw PS40m in budget cuts, said: "e cuts have been implemented far too quickly and at a pace and scale which has led to service reductions which could otherwise have been avoided. is approach is causing real harm to our communities."

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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Mar 12, 2015
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