Wednesday, 20 October 2010

Cuts on the Yorkshire Wolds

I've done some research and it's hard to see what the impact will be be for rural people and places. Today we got the headlines; the department with rural in the title - Defra - took a year on year 8% budget cut for the next four years. As ever, though, the devil is in the detail and It'll take a few weeks for departments and local councils to sort out who gets what now the top level budgets have been settled.

Much talk takes place of whether spending proposals are progressive are regressive in the terms of whether they help the less well off or favour the better off. Is their a measurement of whether the cuts are progressive or regressive in the terms of whether they favour urban over rural areas or vice versa? It will be interesting to see whether a debate develops over this issue.

The Chancellor stated that 490,000 public sector jobs will be lost but growth in the private sector would create enough jobs to compensate. I wonder what part will the rural economy play in job creation? 

Like everything, time will tell, what the impact of the cuts will be.

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