English local authorities have slashed services on average by 24 per cent – compared to 12 per cent in Wales and 11.5 per cent in Scotland. Researchers at Cambridge University found that of the 46 councils which cut spending by more than 30 per cent over the last eight years all were in England.
Dr Mia Gray, an economic geography specialist who co-authored the study, said: “The idea that austerity has hit all areas equally is nonsense. Local councils rely to varying degrees on central government and we have found a clear relationship between grant dependence and cuts in service spending.
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