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Council backing fight to stop cuts divide

Doncaster Civic Offices, part of the Doncaster Civic & Cultural Quarter

Doncaster Civic Offices, part of the Doncaster Civic & Cultural Quarter

Doncaster Council has joined the battle to stop the growing divide between areas most and least affected by the Government’s cuts.

The authority is now part of the Special Interest Group of Municipal Authorities (SIGOMA), which has launched a campaign asking the Government for a discussion about how to put fairness at the top of the agenda.

SIGOMA reports that local government will have suffered a cut of more than one-third between 2010 and 2016 with councils badly hit.

But some places have suffered more than others with projections for 2017/18 suggesting a difference in cuts of over £900 per head between those least and worst affected.

Doncaster mayor Ros Jones said: “The Government’s cuts are the major reason why the council is facing further cuts of £109m by 2016/17, whereas some parts of the country have fared much better and have less to save. In many cases, areas with the greatest need have been hit the hardest and now face tough budget decisions.

“Like many other local authorities, we want the Government to address this situation so cuts are made fairly.

“We all need to act and I urge people to support the campaign and sign the e-petition.”

The campaign runs to 25 December 2013 and to sign the e-petition visit the website at www.sigoma.gov.uk.

 

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