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Middlesbrough mayor's letter to Prime Minister over cuts
MIDDLESBROUGH mayor Ray Mallon has pleaded with David Cameron to show the town ‘special consideration’ in an attempt to minimise the impact of public sector cuts.
In a letter to the prime minister he states that Middlesbrough and Teesside will stand to lose funding of £229m and £900m respectively over the five-year period leading on from 2010’s Comprehensive Spending Review.
Middlesbrough Council alone will be forced to cut its budget by more than £60m by the end of 2015/16 and emergency services also face budget pressures.
Mr Mallon wrote: "The loss of such significant levels of funding over such a short period of time can only lead to further long-term deprivation and serious hardship, issues which will become costly, both in human and financial terms, to redress."
He added: "What is becoming clear is your Government’s complete lack of understanding and, indeed, compassion for this area, the problems we face and the long-term damage your policies are beginning to inflict."
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