Fury as spending review is unveiled

Chancellor George Osborne delivers his spending review.
Chancellor George Osborne delivers his spending review.
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Public sector workers, benefit claimants and expat pensioners were hit as Chancellor George Osborne announced more austerity with a £11.5bn spending cut.

Although the fine details are yet to come out initial reaction was of anger.

Lancashire’s Police and Crime Commissioner blasted the scale of cuts saying Lancashire Police’s budget could be cut by a further £11m – meaning it will have potentially lost £74m from its overall budget between the May 2010 elections and 2016.

He said: “These cuts are on an unprecedented scale, and have now reached a stage where policing is being put at risk.

“We have already closed front counters, shut Fleetwood Custody Office, sold off rural police stations, reshaped our Neighbourhood Policing Teams and changed how we respond to incidents in order to save the millions already asked of us.”

Blackpool South MP Gordon Marsden hit out at the Government saying making this gloomy announcement now was unnecessary and could stifle any economic recovery.

He said: “This is a cynical exercise and given the fragile state of the economy it is foolhardy.

“On the subject of infrastructure decisions being made locally it is terribly bad news that they are only going to put a tenth of the money Michael Heseltine requested to go to the regions.

“Blackpool and the Fylde has had very little out of the Regional Growth Fund and the Local Enterprise Partnership pot.”

Hugh Evans, from the Chamber of Commerce, said: “We strongly support the concept of greater local control over funding for local growth. Yet we are not surprised to see that the Single Local Growth Fund has fallen far short of initial expectations. ”

However Blackpool North and Cleveleys MP Paul Maynard said: “Conservatives will continue to cut the deficit and prioritise spending on things like roads and rail to deliver a stronger economy and to equip Britain to win in the global race.

“By protecting spending on schools and health, capping welfare and cutting waste in Whitehall it delivers for the hardworking people of Blackpool.”