Wednesday, 19 November 2014

NAO raises concerns about spending cuts

A report from the National Audit Office (NAO) has found that local authority grants have been cut by 28% since 2010 and will be cut by a further 9% next year, placing council budgets under huge strain. As a result of the cuts, local authorities have had to severely reduce some services to protect adult and child social care, which they are legally required to provide. The NAO said that traffic management measures have been cut by 43%, while youth services and housing for vulnerable people have been reduced by 45.3% and 34.1% respectively. Spending on culture and leisure services has also been cut by 29%. The auditors said that some councils were now showing clear signs of financial stress, but added that the DCLG had failed to monitor the impact of funding reductions. Amyas Morse, the head of the NAO, said: “The Department really needs to be better informed about the situation on the ground among local authorities across England... in order to head off serious problems before they happen.”
published in The Guardian, 

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