JRF have just published a report showing that
- Cuts in spending power and budgeted spend are systematically greater in more deprived local authorities than in more affluent ones, with a difference of around £100 per head in both England and Scotland.
- Deprived authorities have seen greater reductions in spending power (down by 21.4%) than affluent ones (down by 15.8%).
‘There is a real risk that an increased targeting of services on the most vulnerable groups will undermine the capacity of local authorities to provide a broad range of services across the social spectrum. In turn, this will undermine the willingness of council tax payers who do not rely on these services to continue paying for them.’
Hands up who still doesn't think this is strategic and systematic on the part of the Tory Haves?