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Cities call for place-based spending review

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The leaders and mayors of the 10 largest cities outside of London have called on the government to deliver a place-based comprehensive spending review.

Ahead of this week’s emergency budget the Core Cities UK group argued that while public spending had been cut from certain services, overall spending had “increased”, especially in relation to health and welfare.

In a statement the leaders and mayors of Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham, and Sheffield, claimed that was because cuts had been made centrally without taking into account local knowledge.

The call comes after communities secretary Greg Clark told delegates at the Local Government Association annual conference that the spending review represented an “unmissable opportunity” to show government what could be achieved “if things are done differently”.

Sir Richard Leese (Lab), Core Cities chair and leader of Manchester City Council, said he wanted “radical reform”. He said: “We want a place-based comprehensive spending review that looks at the total public resource deployed across a city or city region and works out how this can be joined up to get the best results, change lives and save money.”

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