Saturday, 28 December 2013

Large cities suffer from “unfair” grant cuts

The Times’ Jill Sherman examines councils’ accusations of “staggering unfairness” by the Government following Eric Pickles’ announcement that local government grants will suffer cuts averaging 8.5% over the next two years. Birmingham, Newcastle, Liverpool and several London boroughs, who depend heavily on central grants, are facing a much tighter squeeze than many councils in the South and South East, who can rely more on charges and council tax income, writes Ms Sherman. Sir Albert Bore, leader of Birmingham City Council, said: "Put simply, the less well-off areas with the greatest needs, such as large, regional cities, are seeing spending slashed, while richer areas in the South East will see increases in funding next year."
The Times, Page: 37

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