It’s official: The Audit Commission has just published research showing that ‘deprived areas have been the hardest hit’ by public spending cuts….
The biggest reductions in government support as a share
of revenue spending are in urban areas in the north, the midlands and inner London.
Within local authorities, cuts are not uniform (see below).
- adult social care is being protected, but still facing a 2.5 per cent spending cut (even taking into account an extra £650 million from the NHS to fund social care and health)
- planning and development; housing and cultural services are worst affected.
Impacts on services
The Audit Commission lays bare the impact on services for local people:
- over 80 per cent planned to reduce the quantity or frequency of some services within education, highways and transport, cultural services and environmental services;
- over 70 per cent planned to increase charges within adult social care and environmental services;
- 40 per cent planned to tighten eligibility criteria in adult social care; and
- 40 per cent planned to reduce some service standards in environmental services, and in highways and transport.
Cheery times ahead, folks.
Not if you are poor.
Not if you are elderly,
Not if you need social care,
Not if you are reliant on public transport.