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Poorer areas hit by bigger spending cuts, Labour claims

Hard-up parts of England have been hit by spending cuts 16 times greater than the most affluent areas since the Coalition took power, Labour has claimed.

Households in the London borough of Newham have been hardest hit with spending power down by £1,002 while neighbouring Hackney was close behind on £973, according to the research.

Some Surrey local authorities saw an increase, with Elmbridge up by £41 for every home and Waverley by £26, the study showed.

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Cuts to poorer councils 'unfair and unjustifiable'

Shadow communities secretary Hilary Benn has written to council leaders calling calling cuts to local authority funding "unfair and unjustifiable".

The comments come after Labour research claimed poorer authorities were hit by spending cuts 16 times greater than more affluent ones.

In a letter to council leaders, he said: "David Cameron's Government have made the wrong choices. They have ducked tough decisions and passed the hardest ones down to you, and they have failed to apply the basic principle of fairness.

"They had a choice, and they made the wrong one as far as communities up and down the country are concerned."

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