According to a research at the University of Cambridge, post-industrial cities in the North England, as well as some of London boroughs “have been hit by the deepest cuts to local government spending since the start of austerity in 2010.” One of co-authors Dr Mia Gray, University Senior Lecturer at the Department of Geography and Senior Research Fellow at Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance, says austerity has hit public services unequally. “We are now seeing austerity policies turn into a downward spiral of disinvestment in certain people and places. Local councils in some communities are shrunk to the most basic of services. This could affect the life chances of entire generations born in the wrong part of the country,” she said.
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