Published: 29th Jan 2019

Cities in the North have borne the brunt of austerity cuts to local government spending, a new report has claimed. The annual Cities Outlook report, which is published by the think tank Centre for Cities, claims the five worst affected cities all located in the North of England, with Liverpool and Barnsley being the worst hit by cuts to local government budgets since 2010. According to the report, cities in the North of England on average saw their spending cut by 20% compared to 9% for those cities in the South West, East of England and South East, excluding London. Barnsley is the city that has been hardest hit by austerity in percentage terms, with a 40% reduction in its day-to-day council spending since 2009/10. And Liverpool saw the deepest cuts per resident, with an £816 reduction to council services’ funding for every person living in the city. The report also highlights the … (To read the full article, subscribe below)