YORKSHIRE and the Humber are facing some of the harshest cuts than other areas in England.

Regional figures released by a government department and a public administration body show that local authority spending in the area is suffering higher spending cuts than some regions.

Council spending in the region is forecasted to fall by 3.1 percent in 2014/15, according to the Department for Communities and Local Government, and the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) - the fifth highest of ten English regions.

In Yorkshire, the last year's spending cuts have gone particularly deep in education - which has gone down by 9.2 percent - and housing, where funding has been cut by 11.2 percent.

And although the education cuts can in part be explained by schools becoming academies and leaving local authority control, the housing cut comes after a year of harsh 10.9 percent spending cuts in the region in 2013/14.

The CIPFA's chief executive Rob Whiteman said: "The continued sharp downward trajectory of local authority spending in both cash and real terms shows the significant financial challenge councils have faced over the past few years. Many authorities have managed this reduction well and continue to live within their means, but we are now starting to see some councils face real and immediate financial pressures."

“If we are to prevent the financial failure of vulnerable local authorities, we must recognise that some councils have been hit harder than others and will need more support."

There is a "real and pressing" need for major reforms in local government funding to make sure local authorities can thrive in coming years, he added.

But while Yorkshire has been hit hard in some funding areas, the region has seen funding for planning rocket with an expected 18.2 percent increase in spending on that area in the current financial year.

Across England, the total amount of cash spent by local authorities will have gone down by 14.5 percent between 2009/10 - the final year of the last Parliament - and 2014/15, meaning that buying power has fallen by nearly a third once inflation is taken into account.