Council chiefs and teaching unions hit out at North East spending cuts

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Council chiefs and teaching unions have hit out after new figures revealed that the North East has slashed its local authority budgets more sharply than anywhere in England.

An analysis by the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy found the amount spent on services in this region is forecast to decrease by 5% this year – more than double the amount in some other areas.

But the Government says it believes that residents are “happier than ever” with their council services – and if authorities want more money they should concentrate on collecting more council tax and make more of the empty properties they own.

> Hang on – the Government says it believes that residents are “happier than ever” with their council services. 

Have I slipped into a parallel universe or something ?  Or does the governmenmt spokesperson come from one ?

Much of the North…

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