Wednesday 13 November 2019 / 7:22 AM Jonathan Ashworth / NHS

IFS report highlights a decade of cuts for the most deprived and to social care

Andrew Gwynne, Labour’s Shadow Communities Secretary, commenting on the IFS’ first annual report on local government finance, said:

 

“This report highlights a decade of cuts for the most deprived and to social care.

 

“Voters now have a clear choice on the 12th December – to vote for more of the same with Johnson’s Tories or for real change and investment in people and services under Labour.”

 

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Notes to editors

  • The IFS report highlights that:

“Spending per resident in 2009–10 was around 1.6 times higher in the most deprived tenth of councils than in the least deprived councils. In 2019–10, this ratio is expected to be 1.3 times. In other words, the local government funding system remains redistributive but much less so than previously”

“Cuts have been larger in poorer parts of the country, and the local government funding system is less redistributive than before. For example, cuts to spending per person have averaged 31% for the 15 council areas with the highest levels of deprivation compared to 16% for the 15 council areas with the lowest levels of deprivation since 2009–10. “

“Council’s budgets are increasingly focused on meeting statutory duties, and often little else. 57% of councils’ non-education service budgets now go to adults’ and children’s social care services – with per-person spending on other services falling by 40% on average over the last decade;”

“Estimated spending on social care for adults aged 65+ has fallen by 18% since 2009–10, despite a more than 20% increase in the number of adults aged 65+.”

  • Labour analysis shows that the most deprived areas of the country are being hit particularly hard. Nine of the ten most deprived councils in the country have seen cuts of almost three times the national average cut of £254.