Poorest areas 'face 10 times more cuts'

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%VIRTUAL-SkimlinksPromo%The most deprived areas in England are facing spending cuts 10 times greater than the least hard hit, it is claimed.

Labour found that the most disadvantaged communities in the country faced the largest local government cuts between 2010/11 and 2015/16, according to the BBC.
Labour says its research, which combines the Government's own figures for "multiple deprivation" with analysis from Newcastle County Council on what English councils have to spend on services, shows a "clear link between cuts in spending power and deprivation".

"Cumulative cuts" over the five year period also appear to rise as deprivation increases.

Labour says the 10 most deprived areas, which include Liverpool, Hackney and Newham in east London, and Manchester, have an average spending reduction of 25.3%, the BBC said.

This compares with average cuts of 2.54% in the 10 least deprived areas, which include St Albans in Hertfordshire, Rushcliffe in Nottinghamshire and Elmbridge and Waverley in Surrey.

Shadow communities minister Hilary Benn told the BBC the figures were "shocking", saying: "They show the impact of David Cameron and Eric Pickles's unfair policies."

But the Government says the most deprived areas have £1,000 more per household to spend than the least deprived.

Local government minister Brandon Lewis said: "The coalition government has delivered a fair settlement to every part of the country, north and south, rural and urban, metropolitan and shire.

"Councils facing the highest demand for services continue to receive substantially more funding... This shows that the government understands the pressures faced by deprived authorities."

Deprivation is measured using analysis of a variety of factors, including income, employment, crime, education and barriers to housing and services.

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