Posts Tagged ‘local government’

At least Brexit has got us talking about how public money is spent | David Walker

Only a radical overhaul of auditing will ensure spending on benefits, health, care and infrastructure is fair

There are few upsides to Brexit, but one rare positive has been a heightened awareness about unfairness, especially between different places around the UK.

A recent Centre for Cities report showed just how much northern cities, in particular, have been clobbered by austerity. The Key Cities group of 24 councils in England and Wales has joined the special interest group of mainly Labour and northern metropolitan authorities led by Barnsley’s Steve Houghton in calling for a fairer grants regime and economic rebalancing. Together the two groups represent urban areas where a quarter of the English population live. They have already made strenuous representations against the unfairness of this year’s funding settlement for local government, pointing out that “the most deprived areas have been forced to cut up to 10 times deeper than the most affluent”.

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Hammond £5bn short of ‘austerity is ending’ target, says thinktank

Institute for Fiscal Studies figures are blow to chancellor’s attempt to keep his promise

Philip Hammond must find an extra £5bn in this year’s Whitehall spending review to reverse planned cuts and meet his claim of ending austerity, a leading thinktank has revealed.

The Institute for Fiscal Studies told the chancellor that funds pledged in last year’s budget to boost NHS spending, defence and international aid failed to safeguard local councils and some of the worst-hit government departments from further shortfalls.

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