The Labour-dominated Midlands faces another five years of pain after the General Election.

New analysis shows for the first time the extent to which council cuts have been targeted most heavily in areas where Labour's vote has continued to hold up.

Typically those areas also have far higher than average levels of deprivation, meaning they can least afford to lose council-funded services such as libraries, SureStart centres and social care for vulnerable children and adults.

Since the coalition took power in 2010, councils have repeatedly seen huge sums cut from their budgets.

But the amount by which so-called 'spending power' has dropped varies wildly across the country.

Birmingham has suffered the fourth biggest reduction in the country, seeing a 16 per cent drop in its budgets from £1,265.1 million in 2010/11 down to the £1,062.1 million it has been earmarked for 2015/16.

Liverpool has seen the biggest, with its spending power falling 18.1 per cent.

At the other end of the scale, a number of councils in leafy southern shires have seen their spending power go up.

They include Surrey (up 8.6 per cent), Wokingham (up 7.7 per cent) and Dorset (up 7.3 per cent).

The analysis only includes English councils and 'top-tier' councils with the biggest budgets.

It does not include smaller district councils in areas which also have a shire authority.


Liverpool -18.1 per cent

Knowsley -17.4 per cent

Blackburn with Darwen -16.1 per cent

Birmingham -16 per cent

Manchester -15.9 per cent

Southwark -15.5 per cent

Newham -15.3 per cent

Kingston-upon-Hull -15 per cent

Hartlepool -14.8 per cent

Rochdale -14.7 per cent


Isles of Scilly +12.5 per cent

Surrey +8.6 per cent

Wokingham +7.7 per cent

Dorset +7.3 per cent

Buckinghamshire +6.4 per cent

West Sussex +6.3 per cent

Cheshire East +6.1 per cent

Richmond-upon-Thames +5.8 per cent

Central Bedfordshire +5 per cent

Poole +4.9 per cent