A new podcast is examining the impact austerity has had on Hull.

The North in Numbers podcast tells the human stories behind the various statistics for the North of England.

The podcast sees local journalists, experts and those most affected as they get to the heart of the figures that particularly impact the North -  whether that’s looking at the huge rise in knife crime, the problems caused by the introduction of Universal Credit, or the boom in restaurants seen across the region.

Every episode looks at the North as a whole, but will also highlight the towns and cities witnessing the biggest problems, or seeing the most significant rises - good or bad. 

Since 2010, a government campaign of budget cutting has seen central funding for local authorities slashed.

This, combined with an increasing demand for social care services, has meant that councils have had to cut down on spending on other areas

The episode explores what this has meant for front line services such as children’s social care, schools and libraries.

It looks at the situation across the North as a whole, with a particular focus on Hull as one of the areas hardest hit.

You can listen to it here

Host Annie Gouk, senior data journalist, talks to local councillors, union members, teachers and library campaigners, as they delve into the devastating impacts of council cuts.

You’ll hear about the pressure that council staff are under, how this is affecting service users, and what the future looks like for public services.

The North in Numbers is a Laudable production, featuring titles including the Manchester Evening News, the Liverpool Echo, and the Hull Daily Mail.

You can find it on all major podcast platforms, and if you download the Entale podcast app on iOS where you can you can access exclusive immersive content to accompany each episode, including pictures, maps and graphics.

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