There are significant inequalities in cuts to council services across the country. The most severe cuts to local service spending between 2010 and 2017 were generally associated with areas of “multiple deprivation”.
Five of the seven West Midland boroughs (all except Dudley and Solihull) were dependent on central government for around two-thirds to three-quarters of their budgets.
Actual service cuts from 2009/10 to 2016/17 ranged from 46% to East Riding of Yorkshire’s 5%. The median or midpoint reduction among English councils was 24%, twice that in Scotland and Wales, and all 46 found to have cut by 30% or more are in England – including Birmingham. (Chris Game in The Chamberlain Files, 19 October).
% Percentage cut in local services spending 2010-17
|Rank (out of 153||Council||% cut||Multiple deprivation ranking (out of 326)|
You can read the latest research in the article on ‘The depths of the cuts: the uneven geography of local government austerity’, by Mia Gray and Anna Barford. published today in the Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society, available to all to read.
There’s a summary at https://www.cam.ac.uk/research/news/austerity-cuts-twice-as-deep-in-england-as-rest-of-britain. Chris Game’s article in the Chamberlain Files is at http://www.thechamberlainfiles.com/hardly-new-news-but-austerity-research-names-names/