Osborne’s axe – it’s cutting most deeply in the North, in cities like Leeds

Leeds North West Constituency

Councils across Yorkshire & Humber recently joined others – of all political persuasions – to lobby the Chancellor on the dire consequences of further deep cuts. But they had been bracing themselves for further axing – which is exactly what they got yesterday from our part-time Chancellor.L_560e5310-b3fd-c6b4-7d6b-fbbce8453bd2

The suffering is general, but it’s not evenly shared.
The combined axes of Osborne and Pickles have not been falling equally across all Councils. Instead there has been bare-faced political, regional bias – in ways which make nonsense of any idea that this is a ‘national’ government.

Across the Yorkshire and Humberside region, councils were already dealing with previously announced cuts of around 34% to their budgets – for services from social care and waste collection to libraries and pot- hole repairs.

Further grant reductions of approximately 10 per cent for local government were announced yesterday for the period leading up to…

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