Since 2010, the council has had the highest cuts per person in the country – the Government’s cuts in Knowsley equate to £485 per person, whilst more affluent areas such as Wokingham is managing cuts of just £43 per person. Those areas that need funding the most are the ones also being penalised the most.

Since 2010, the council has had to manage budget cuts of £86m, with a further £14.8m of savings having to be found over the next three years (up to 2020).