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Soul Adventurer
7th June 2013, 08:12 AM
(I hate to be the bearer of bad news but this is relevant to a lot of people)

Public accounts committee warns that some councils may have to be bailed out unless plans are made to prop them up (Rajeev Syal, The Guardian, Friday 7 June 2013)

Dozens of local authorities are on the brink of financial collapse but ministers have failed to come up with adequate contingency plans to prop up vital services, according to a committee of MPs. The public accounts committee says in a report that the coalition government does not fully understand the impact of significant cuts to council budgets. If funding continues to decline while demand for services rises, the MPs believe it increases the likelihood that councils will have to be bailed out. The report follows warnings from the National Audit Office that nearly one in eight councils (12%), including Birmingham city and West Somerset district, are at risk of being unable to balance their budgets and nearly one in 10 are under "high financial stress".

The cross-party committee said the government should draw up contingency plans to intervene in the event of multiple financial failures. Margaret Hodge, the committee's chair, said ministers were cutting funding to local authorities by more than a quarter over four years but she did not properly understand what the overall impact would be on local services.

"Departments have provided some information on possible impacts, but it was superficial and incomplete. For instance, the Department for Education has failed to provide a proper cost analysis of how funding reductions will affect services to children," she said. "Nor has enough work been carried out across government departments to determine how funding reductions in one area of spending might affect services in another: for example, how cuts in local authority adult social care might lead to bed-blocking in hospitals."

Hodge warned that some councils may have no option but to cut services as a result of tight finances. "Local authorities are tending to cope with funding reductions. But in the long term there might well be little room for further efficiency gains and services would have to be cut. There needs to be frank and open dialogue between central and local government and the public on just what services councils will be expected to provide in a prolonged period of declining funding."

Dozens of local councils close to collapse, says MPs' committee | Society | The Guardian (http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2013/jun/07/local-councils-public-accounts-committee?CMP=twt_gu)

j59
16th June 2013, 12:50 PM
Imani the local council down here have resolved some of their financial problems by charging long term sick peeps council tax. When they are already struggling on a limited amount of money ....:aagh:

love jx

j59
16th June 2013, 12:53 PM
They have also started charging for garden waste collection, surely they should know peeps with cars will empty their waste in park land or the common.

love jx

Soul Adventurer
17th June 2013, 02:16 PM
Imani the local council down here have resolved some of their financial problems by charging long term sick peeps council tax. When they are already struggling on a limited amount of money ....:aagh:

love jx

More 'altruistic' policies from central government, eh? Hmm.

MrGhost-F.G.E
17th June 2013, 03:00 PM
read an article in that dreadfull piece of toilet paper the daily mail.

about, how much money councills waste on stuff,
now, considering this papers unique knack of over exaggerating things, even if its half true.
some councils have a lot of questions to answer.

i remember many years ago, birmingham council spent a 6 figure sum, to visit switzerland to check out some revolving doors,,, even tho, the very same doors where at a tesco in down the road solihull........
polititians are very good at wasting other peoples money,
regardless of what party there in... the time has come to stop expenses.

Aaron Otang
17th June 2013, 05:32 PM
All UK Council's are so Bent..even the pictures on their walls don't hang straight

kate13
17th June 2013, 05:35 PM
Imani the local council down here have resolved some of their financial problems by charging long term sick peeps council tax. When they are already struggling on a limited amount of money ....:aagh:

love jx

Yes Jen, it depends on where you live and how much local councils are losing with these savage cuts !!!! Some lose pennies others pounds.


Austerity Benefit Cuts 'Targeting Most Deprived Areas', Labour Report Finds (http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2013/04/23/labour-austerity-benefit-cuts-deprived-areas-_n_3137416.html)