The poor have suffered disproportionately higher levels of cuts in the last three years.
That’s according to a new report on council budgets from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.
In England the most deprived local authorities have seen cuts of £220 per head, compared to £40 per head in the least deprived.
In Scotland the picture is not as stark, but the trend is the same.
Even in social care spending, which is “relatively protected”, poorer areas have suffered a real terms cut of £65 per head. Wealthier areas saw a £28 a head increase.
The report highlighted the impact on local government workers struggling with workloads.
It said, “The level of stress this entails does not appear sustainable in the longer term. In many areas staff report feeling overwhelmed by the scale and nature of the problems they are dealing with.”