Eric Pickles’ cuts target Britain’s poorest areas

The Government claims that “We’re all in this together”. But even with Eric Pickles’ 'transition grant' into account, the poorest areas will do worse out of this settlement.

The Government is fond of claiming that “We’re all in this together”. But even taking Eric Pickles’ ‘transition grant‘ into account, it is abundantly clear that the poorest areas will do worse out of this settlement.

Left Foot Forward has carried out a simple econometric analysis of the local government cuts and compared the post-transition grant “change in estimated ‘revenue spending power’ 2011-12” with the 2007 index of multiple deprivation – the last analysis available. The figures speak for themselves.

In London, there is a strong correlation between the two variables. Poor areas like Hackney (-8.9%), Newham (-8.9%), Tower Hamlets (-8.9%), and Islington (-8.8%) find themselves with the deepest cuts while richer areas like Richmond (-0.61%), Havering (-1.71%), and Harrow (-1.9%) are best off.

The x-axis covers the index of multiple deprivation (50 is the most deprived area) while the y-axis covers the percentage fall in ‘revenue spending power’.

A similar pattern takes place in metropolitan areas. Here Manchester, Liverpool, South Tyneside, and Knowsley get take the maximum hit of -8.9% while less deprived areas like Solihull (-3.49%), Dudley, (-3.39%), and Trafford (-3.79%) do far better.

UPDATE 18.41:

It has been pointed out to me that the local government figures include NHS support for social care. If this were excluded the picture would be even more stark.

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180 Responses to “Eric Pickles’ cuts target Britain’s poorest areas”

  1. John Hickey-Fry

    RT @wdjstraw: All in this together? Not if you live in a poor part of London, Grt Manc or Merseyside.

  2. Will Straw

    @BBCMichaelCrick Take a look at this piece showing that poorest are hardest hit by Pickles' cuts

  3. Luke Akehurst

    RT @ajrhayman: Leftwing blog Left Foot Forward has revealing analysis of cuts VS deprivation . poorest hit hardest

  4. Ben Folley

    RT @leftfootfwd: Eric Pickles' cuts target Britain's poorest areas

  5. Eddy Anderson

    RT @wdjstraw @leftfootfwd: Eric Pickles' cuts target Britain's poorest areas << Scandalous

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