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We In Liverpool Cannot Continue To Paper Over The Cracks Of Austerity Much Longer

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I recently spoke at an event organised by the think-tank Centre for Cities in Liverpool, titled ‘The end of austerity?’. We discussed Prime Minister Theresa May’s claim, made at the Conservative Party conference last year, that the decade of cuts in public spending are over.

It is a boast that rings hollow in Liverpool.

Just this year we have had to make another £30million of savings, bringing to two-thirds the total amount of central government funding we have lost since 2010.

The numbers are eye-watering: when you take into account inflation, we now have £436million less to spend per year than we did in 2010. Around 3,000 of our staff have gone, and we have reduced many non-essential services.

Throw in the impact of welfare reform and the disaster that is Universal Credit, and you find an entire city that is caught in the eye of a perfect storm. Our own cumulative impact assessment estimates that 55,000 households – many in low-paid work – are increasingly struggling to make ends meet.

And it’s not just the council – our........

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