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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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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.

Hillary Benn says Labour would devolve more powers to local authorities. Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Archive

The 10 council areas classed as most deprived have lost around £782 per household while wealthier areas have seen just a £48 fall, according to the party's analysis.

Shadow communities secretary Hilary Benn accused the Government of taking most from those who have the least and pledged to devolve more cash and powers under a Labour government.

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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