In heated exchanges in the Commons today Labour's former home secretary David Blunkett said:
It is inevitable that if you cut external funding to authorities based on the fact that they received it specifically because of their levels of deprivation ... those in greatest need will inevitably take the biggest cuts.
The Communities Minister Bob Neill was drowned out by uproar from Labour benches as he replied:
Those in greatest need ultimately bear the burden of paying off the debt...
So there we have it. Admission that the poor are intended to be hurt most by cuts.
As I suspected all along.