Liverpool worst hit by funding cuts

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Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson, who has spoken out against the cuts © Trinity Mirror

Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson, who has spoken out against the cuts © Trinity Mirror

The government’s latest round of funding cuts will affect Liverpool more than any other major English city.

Liverpool City Council will see its spending power reduced over the next two years by 10.8%.  Other cities in England are seeing reductions of between 5% and 10.7%.

Meanwhile in the south of England, other cities are seeing increases in the amount of money they are able to spend.

Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson said: “This is happening while leafy suburbs in the south east of England are actually seeing their spending increase.”

After Liverpool, Birmingham was the second most seriously affected city, with a cut of 10.7%.

Mayor Anderson pointed out that areas with high levels of deprivation were facing some of the largest funding cuts.  He also said that the impact that Liverpool and other cities can have in driving an economic recovery has been overlooked.

Liverpool has recently attracted more than 1,000 new jobs into the city and there is £1bn of new investment work in progress.

The total “spending power” calculation looks at the total amount of money that city has available to it to spend.  This includes funds to spend on things like public health responsibilities recently taken on by councils.

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