Cuts to welfare and local councils hitting deprived areas hardest

Combined cuts to welfare and local councils are affecting the most deprived areas of England the most, a new study by the Labour Party has found.

Combined cuts to welfare and local councils are affecting the most deprived areas of England the most, a new study by the Labour Party has found.

The Tory axe appears to have fallen hardest on the North East, where on average there has been a loss of £566 per head. Unsurprisingly perhaps, the areas least affected are in the South East, which has a total loss of under half that of the North – a much smaller £292 per head cut.

The impact of the squeeze in spending abate the further south you travel. The worst hit area in England is Knowsley in Merseyside, where a combined slash to local government and welfare has seen an eye watering cut of £850 pounds per head – that’s £515 in welfare and £336 in local government. This is substantially more than the least hit area, Mole Valley in Surrey, which faces a minor trim of £164 in welfare and £18 in local government, a total cut of £182 per head.

However, excluding the City, cuts in Greater London amount to a vast £511 per head – far more than neighbouring areas in the South East.

Most alarmingly perhaps, two thirds of those affected by the cuts to tax credits and benefits are in work.

The graph below shows the loss per head in areas in England.

combined cuts graph

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2 Responses to “Cuts to welfare and local councils hitting deprived areas hardest”

  1. OldLb

    All about your pocket and not about others.

    Now look at how much you’ve taken out of other people’s pockets in the form of tax?

    What about NI and how much you’ve robbed from people’s pensions?

  2. MB

    Surely you could have picked a better photograph of Accrington to accompany you article than that one that is at least 30 years old

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