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Free Press Readers' Letters, December 31, 2019

Shocking legacy of years of Tory cuts
Central government cuts have led to a 17 per cent fall in council spending on local services in England since the Conservatives came to power in 2010.

Between then and the end of the decade, grant funding for councils in England has been reduced by £16billion and there have also been significant cuts for councils in Wales and Scotland.

John Elson's Free Press cartoon (25498939)
John Elson's Free Press cartoon (25498939)

The scale of almost a decade of savage austerity cuts to local communities across Britain is laid bare by a series of Freedom Of Information (FOI) requests across England, Scotland and Wales asking about the changes in local services between 2010 and 2019 for several key council services, including youth centres, public toilets, libraries and subsidised bus routes.

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