A spokesman for the Department for Communities and Local Government has commented on the news that the council leaders of Newcastle, Liverpool and Sheffield have warned of increasing social unrest and community tensions in the north.
The spokesman said:
Councils must keep doing their bit to tackle the inherited budget deficit because they account for a quarter of all public spending and still get through over £114 billion of taxpayers money each year.
The local government settlement is a fair deal arming councils with an average spending power of £2,240 per household. It is fair to the north and south, and fair for rural and urban areas.
Councils that fail to do these things are letting down their hard working residents.
More top news
Father of drowned Syrian boy Alan Kurdi says he is comforted by impact of his son's death, as hia family is reportedly accepted by Canada.
A year ago the International Court of Justice ruled that Japan's decades-old whale hunt in the Antarctic should stop.
Shadow chancellor John McDonnell has backed a free vote for MPs on the issue.