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.
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