North of England hardest hit by Tory cuts

From BBC News: The north of England has seen the biggest cuts in Tory government spending over the past five years, official figures show.

Spending in the north has fallen by £696m in real terms since 2012, while the south of England has seen an increase of £7bn.

Labour have called on the government to end its austerity programme in the budget on Wednesday.

Government figures show that, when inflation is taken into account, every region in the north of England has seen a fall in spending on services since 2012, while every other English region has seen an increase.

Although budget cuts have affected public services such as schools, police forces and local councils across England, the latest figures show that overall cuts in the north have been disproportionately greater.

That has left head teachers like Dave Brown in York struggling to balance his schools’ books.

He said: “I run one of the most deprived primary schools in York, and austerity has meant it’s become increasingly hard to buy the equipment we need for the children, while maintaining the school buildings, and there are days when I don’t have the money to bring in supply teachers.”

Since 2010,  Police has lost over 1,000 police officers and Mark Burns-Williamson, the county’s Labour Police and Crime Commissioner, says the force still has a £15m black hole in its budget.

“The government doesn’t value public service workers and policing in the way that it should, because austerity has meant that the cuts to our budgets have been sustained, and it’s time that was changed,” he added.

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