New analysis of council cuts show significant divides between areas that are already rich and poor, the north and south and rural and urban areas.
The figures show that councils in northern, urban cities and London boroughs with high levels of deprivation predominately run by Labour have seen had their budgets cut by almost ten times the amount taken from mostly Tory-administered rural southern England authorities during the government’s first spending round.
This variance also applies to councils in Devon. For example, Torbay Council has seen cuts of £63.64 per head. This is in an area with 23.3% of children living in poverty.
In contrast West Devon has seen cuts of £13.42 per head. West Devon has 12.7% of children living in poverty. Of course, some areas have had historic levels of low spending on services.