Councils warn of civil unrest

The council leaders of three of England's biggest cities - Newcastle, Liverpool and Sheffield - have warned of increasing social unrest and community tensions in the north, which they say has been hit worse by austerity than the south.

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Rural councils 'ignored' by Government

The Sunday Telegraph is reporting that more than 120 rural councils were weighing up a judicial review of the spending settlement for local authorities because it was "grossly unfair" and would hit services in remote areas.

Roger Begy, leader of Conservative-controlled Rutland Council and chairman of a new campaign called "Sparse", told the paper:

Rural authorities for the last 10 to 12 years have been seriously under funded in relation to urban areas.For the last 18 months we have been working with the Government reviewing the (spending) formula that takes into account deprivation. Now that has been ignored completely and all the promises ministers made have disappeared. We are going to have to do something.This is totally unfair and is going to crucify a lot of rural areas. People are going to be isolated.

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