Evidence that coalition cuts hitting poorest harder

Spending cuts to local government appear to have fallen on poorer (Labour) areas far more severely than wealthier (Tory) ones.

The Tories stopped using the slogan ‘we’re all in it together’ some time ago. Most voters didn’t seem to buy it, and it’s a fair bet that many Tories didn’t buy it either.

And perhaps that shouldn’t come as a surprise, for there was always a suspicion that those carrying the bigger burden of austerity were those who could least afford to. Look, for instance, at the government’s willingness to pay down the deficit through ‘welfare reform’ – something which by its very nature hits the poorest hardest.

It probably won’t come as a surprise to learn, then, that a regional analysis of where spending cuts to local government have fallen since 2010 appears to show that they have hit poorer (Labour) areas far harder than they have wealthier (Tory) ones.

In other words, we aren’t ‘all in it together’.

Here is the map detailing the reduction in spending power experienced by local government since 2010/11. As we can see, particularly hard hit has been the north of England, as well as some of the poorest areas of London. In contrast, areas of the Tory-voting south east appear to have come through recent years of austerity almost unscathed.

Now here, for comparison, is an electoral map from 2010.

Electoral map 2010-JPEG

If you put your thumb over Scotland on the second map so that it matches the first, the maps look strangely similar.

HT: Iain Wright MP

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