Britain’s suburbs are being drained of at least £2bn a year, which the government redirects to ‘needier’ areas. The Sunday Telegraph

The average suburban household pays £200 a year more in Council Tax than those in the inner city or Countryside.

Yet the suburbs receive below-par public services, have above-average class sizes in primary schools and their local NHS services receive £60 a year less funding per patient.

Mike Freer, leader of Barnet council in outer London, said: ‘Successful suburbs need a fairer deal. We don’t get the investment in services and it’s not fair that council tax payers should have to keep stumping up.’