Q & A with Nick Forbes, leader of Newcastle council

Nick Forbes, the leader of Newcastle council, has been vocal about the pain that austerity is causing – and will continue to cause – to the city. He talks to New Start about the impact of another £100m cuts, investing to grow and building a fairer city. —————————————————————————————– Q. How is austerity affecting the city and what do think is the way forward for councils? A. The government’s ongoing austerity programme has been extremely difficult for Newcastle and is likely to be very challenging in the coming years.  Our ‘heat mapping’ analysis in previous years has shown that places with relatively higher levels of disadvantage across the country have been impacted most by central government cuts. We have responded to this in a number of ways including: Involving our residents and partners much more in the difficult choices over services and spending facing the council; Protecting the most vulnerable people … (To read more, subscribe below)

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Clare Goff

Clare Goff

Clare Goff is editor of New Start magazine

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