- Created: Tuesday, 05 May 2015 10:20
- Written by Gordon Teal
In March 2015 the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) published a report which details how between 2010 and 2015 the poorest communities in England shouldered the biggest burden of the public sector austerity cuts.
Overall, local authorities have seen their spending power reduced by 27% in real terms. Planning and ‘supporting people’ services have seen cuts of 45%. Behind these figures lies inequality between the most and least deprived areas. On the one hand social care spending (this combines children and adult services) has risen in real terms in the least deprived areas to the tune of £28 per head. Conversely, social care spending has fallen by £65 per head in the more deprived areas. Respectively, these figures represent an 8% rise and a 14% fall. The most deprived all-purpose authorities – those authorities which provide the full set of local authority services - saw cuts of £220 per head. In contrast, the least deprived all-purpose authorities saw cuts of £40 per head. Newcastle, with 37% of its population within the most deprived 10% of areas in England, experienced a 22% cut in funding. On the other hand, Milton Keynes, with 11% of its population within the most deprived 20% of areas, experienced a 13% cut. The result of the faster rate of cuts for the more deprived authorities has been a convergence in the overall spending per head between the most and least deprived authorities. The differential was 45% in 2010/11. It was 17% in 2014/15.