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Knowsley residents hardest hit by cuts

The most deprived English councils have suffered the biggest cuts in spending power and most of them are in our region. Nine of the ten poorest and hardest councils are here in the North West.

Manchester tops the table but Knowsley has lost the most with £403.86 less per person to spend that they did in 2011. The league table was produced by researchers at the House of Common.

Manchester, Liverpool, Barrow and Salford all came in the top five councils experiencing the largest cuts to their funding at the same time as having some of the poorest health.

Labour claim the greatest cuts are in areas with the highest numbers of older people living with disabilities but the government says they've been fair.

Liverpool City council decide on budget cuts

Tough decisions at Liverpool town hall Credit: ITV Granada

Liverpool city council will decide where the axe will fall as they aim to make almost one hundred and 60 million pounds worth of savings.

The budget has been cut for the next three years, starting with 45 million pounds worth of reductions needed over the next 12 months.