Recent figures on public spending have revealed the extent to which Barnsley and the wider Yorkshire region are being left behind by this Tory Government.

Statistics from the Office for National Statistics on public spending in 2016/17 show that an average of £8,898 was spent per person in England, while in London alone, the figure was over £10,000.

These figures are a stark contrast to spending in Yorkshire and Humber -; just £8,810 was spent per person in our region. It is clear that for far too long, our area has been ignored or neglected by this Tory Government, and these figures show that once again.

The impact of this on our area is sadly all too clear. Eight years of brutal Tory cuts have had a devastating impact.

This Government have cut council budgets to the bone, with predictable and severe consequences for local services. They’ve left our NHS in crisis, despite the incredible efforts of hard working staff. And they’ve devastated our local police forces, with 21,000 police officers lost since 2010, putting crime on the rise and making us all less safe.

It is always area like ours which bear the brunt of this Government’s cuts, while budgets are protected in leafy Tory constituencies in the south of England. This is simply not fair -; it’s time we got our fair share here in Barnsley.

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