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The poorest will pay for bankers’ blunders

A heated House of Commons debate on the Department for Communities  Local Government saw the first startling admission by the new coalition government about the true victims of the bank initiated economic deficit.

Junior Minister Bob Neill told the house : “Those in greatest need ultimately bear the burden of paying off the debt.”

The comments were made during a debate about the first round of Local Government cuts that have seen £160,000 taken from Chesterfield Council, more than double the national average. The cuts came from funding specifically given to Councils in the most deprived areas.

Toby was called to quiz Secretary of State Eric Pickles about the cuts to Chesterfield’s budget. After the debate, Toby Perkins said:”It hasn’t taken long for the true face of caring conservatism to come to the fore. For all the talk about eliminating waste, and protecting the poor, now a Minister has come out and admitted that it will be the poorest communities that the Tory cuts are targetting. Although I am shocked, I can’t say I am suprised, but I will fight on to build public opposition to these cuts, and pressure the Government to look elsewhere for ways to repay the losses incurred by their banking friends in the city.”

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