Leader responds to Centre for Cities report

29/01/2019, PR-8975

The Leader of Wakefield Council has responded to the findings of a new report - which highlights the impact of sustained government spending cuts on the Wakefield district and other northern cities. 

The Centre for Cities report found that Wakefield had seen some of the largest reductions in council spending and is ranked as the fourth 'most cut city' in Britain since 2009/10. 

Cllr Peter Box CBE
Cllr Peter Box CBE, Leader of Wakefield Council

Cllr Peter Box CBE, Leader of Wakefield Council, said:  "The Centre for Cities figures will come as no surprise to members of this council or local people. Since the onset of austerity Wakefield has seen its central government funding decimated, with 53 percent of funds wiped out since 2009/10.

"What the Centre for Cities data does show is the unfairness of these cuts, with funding for Wakefield residents being cut - with £484 less per man, woman and child in our district - whilst other places, primarily in the south east, have been protected.

"Despite the reductions we have risen to the challenges. We've worked really hard to minimise where we can the impact of the spending reductions - by taking a robust approach to how we manage our finances and making our services more efficient.

"We will continue to strive to deliver services to meet local residents' needs, to care for places in our district and support our local economy."

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