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Public health cuts ‘stall’ progress in children’s health

04/03/2020

Progress in children’s health and wellbeing has ‘stalled or is in reverse’ partly because of cuts to local authority budgets, study finds.

Knife crime ‘epidemic’ fuelled by cuts, committee says

13/02/2020

Cuts to important and life-saving services for vulnerable young people have caused a rise in knife crime, according to a new report.

Khan announces over £55m of funding to tackle causes of crime

13/02/2020

Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, today announced that £55.5m of new funding will be available for tackling the underlying causes of violent crime in the capital.

Youth service funding cut by 70% over decade

20/01/2020

A whole generation of young people have been ‘robbed’ of youth centres due to cuts, a union has warned.

Government announces £14bn funding boost for schools

20/12/2019

The Government has announced that every school is set to receive £5,000 per pupil in funding for secondary schools next year after a decade of austerity.

Decade of austerity sees dramatic drop in library spending

06/12/2019

Ten years of cuts to public services has seen a nearly 30% drop in library spending, new research has revealed.

Half of local government workers worry about redundancy as a result of cuts

14/11/2019

Around 50% of local government workers worry that they could be made redundant by technological innovation or Government cuts, a survey has revealed.

Caerphilly council agrees 7% council tax hike

14/11/2019

A county council in Wales has agreed a package of savings proposals which include a council tax increase of nearly 7%.

Two-thirds of English schools rated ‘poor’ for fire protection

18/09/2019

Over 60% of English schools are rated ‘poor’ for fire protection systems, with only one in 20 rated ‘excellent’, new research has revealed.

Cuts force councils to slash public health funding by £72m

16/09/2019

Local authorities plan to cut public health spending by £72m this year in response to reductions in Whitehall funding, the Labour Party says.

Cash-strapped councils struggling to support SEND children, auditors warn

11/09/2019

Auditors have warned that councils are coming under growing financial pressure as the demand for supporting school pupils with the greatest needs rises.

Over one billion fewer cigarettes smoked each year, charity says

29/08/2019

More than a billion fewer cigarettes smoked each year, although campaigners argue this number could be higher if stop smoking service cuts were reversed.

£5.2bn council funding gap is 'underestimate', says LGA

22/08/2019

The Local Government Association (LGA) will argue the sector faces a £5.2bn funding gap in 2020/21 despite believing figure is an underestimate.

Next PM has ‘100 days’ to save local government

15/07/2019

A think tank has called on the next Prime Minister to announce a one year emergency local government finance settlement during their first 100 days in office.

Council drops plans to close ‘third of libraries’ after outcry

10/07/2019

Essex County Council has done a U-turn on its plan to close nearly a third of its libraries after a consultation received thousands of responses opposing it.

Austerity creating ‘crisis of childhood’, charity warns

09/07/2019

Funding cuts mean support has been diverted away from early help services into protecting children at immediate risk of harm, council leaders have warned.

Over half of unpaid carers ‘unable’ to save for retirement

09/07/2019

Funding cuts are making it increasingly difficult to support unpaid carers, local government leaders have warned.

Think tank calls for creation of ‘investment state’

03/07/2019

A think tank has called for an end to austerity and the creation of an ‘investment state’ to help boost economic growth.

Crisis-hit Northants delivers balanced budget with £4.5m underspend

03/07/2019

Northamptonshire County Council yesterday announced it had delivered a balanced budget for this financial year with an underspend of £4.5m.

Thousands of older people impacted by care home closures, survey reveals

27/06/2019

Survey of social care directors has revealed that thousands of older and disabled people have been impacted by care home closures after a decade of cuts.

Labour link funding cuts to homeless deaths

25/06/2019

Local government funding cuts are hitting areas with the highest levels of homeless deaths, according to a new Labour analysis.

Around 25% of local government jobs ‘slashed’ due to austerity

21/06/2019

New data from Unison has revealed that a quarter of local government jobs have been cut over the last decade as a result of austerity.

Over half of the disease burden in England ‘preventable’

04/06/2019

Local authority leaders have welcomed a report which urges the Government to increase investment into initiatives supporting public health.

Sure Start had ‘major benefits’ for disadvantaged children, think tank says

04/06/2019

The twenty-year-old childcare programme has had major health benefits for children in poorer neighbourhoods, a new analysis reveals.

Closure of public toilets ‘threat to health’, warns report

23/05/2019

The decline in public toilets is a threat to health, mobility, and equality, according to a public health body.

Councils warn of ‘draconian’ cuts to cover £50bn funding gap

22/05/2019

Local authorities have warned that they may be forced to resort to the ‘bare minimum’ of service provision if no extra funding is made available.

Councils ‘in the dark’ over youth service funding

15/05/2019

Local authority leaders have warned that councils ‘remain in the dark’ over youth service funding that helps tackle knife crime and county lines drug dealing.

Nearly two thirds of councils cut mental health services for children

10/04/2019

Around 60% of local authority areas have seen a real-terms fall in spending on low-level mental health services for children, a new report has revealed.

Somerset council signs six ‘community library partnerships’

08/04/2019

Somerset County Council signed six ‘community library partnerships’ last week in a move that will help maintain library services in the face of cuts.

Northants closes £65m funding gap in under a year

03/04/2019

Northamtonshire County Council has had its emergency section 114 notice lifted after wiping out a £65m funding gap in less than a year.

Domestic abuse services ‘struggling’ due to budget cuts

01/04/2019

Nearly 60% of women accessing domestic abuse support services have children and one in 15 are pregnant, according to a new report.

Poll reveals ‘rising tide’ of pupil poverty

15/03/2019

A shocking new survey of headteachers has revealed that schools have become an ‘unofficial fourth emergency service’ for poor and vulnerable children.

Councils forced to slash stop smoking services

15/03/2019

Government cuts mean only half of local authorities now offer smokers the best support to quit, according to campaigners.

Austerity is gutting services ‘vital’ to women’s lives, report reveals

07/03/2019

Austerity has hit women the hardest with funding for women’s refuges, social care and youth and children’s services slashed, a new report has found.

Councils have delivered on public health despite cuts, report reveals

04/03/2019

Local authority delivery of public health is ‘effective, accountable, efficient’ despite losing millions in central Government cuts, data reveals.

Councils forced to sell off thousands of public spaces

04/03/2019

Councils have been forced to sell off more than 12,000 public spaces since 2014, new investigation reveals.

Poor, urban areas see majority of homeless deaths

26/02/2019

Welfare cuts and a lack of social housing are driving the homelessness crisis which has resulted in hundreds of deaths, particularly in poor, urban areas.

Childhood poverty set to hit ‘record highs’

20/02/2019

The proportion of children living in poverty risks hitting a record high by the end of the parliament, a shocking new report has revealed.

Nearly all English councils to increase council tax

14/02/2019

Most councils plan on increasing council tax this year while slashing frontline services due to Government cuts, survey reveals.

Whitehall launches social care recruitment drive

12/02/2019

The Government has launched a new national recruitment campaign to help fill the 110,000 vacancies in the adult social care sector.

Treatment cut despite ‘soaring’ alcohol-related A&E admissions

11/02/2019

Councils are reducing spending on alcohol and drug treatment services despite ‘soaring’ numbers of hospital admissions due to alcohol misuse, FOI data reveals.

Spending Review ‘make or break’ for cash-strapped councils

11/02/2019

Local government leaders have warned the Chancellor that the upcoming Spending Review will ‘make or break’ over-stretched council services.

Nearly £1bn cut from Scottish authorities in past eight years

05/02/2019

Funding cuts are finally beginning to take their toll as Scottish councils can no longer protect services, according to report published today.

Cheshire East comes top in national library survey

01/02/2019

Cheshire East is celebrating once again taking the top spot in a national survey of library services.

Councils need £8.7bn to fund preventative services, survey reveals

29/01/2019

Council leaders estimate that they should be spending almost twice as much on preventative services than is possible after nearly a decade of austerity.

Cash-strapped school launches £20,000 crowdfunding campaign

16/01/2019

A Worcestershire school has launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise £20,000 in order to supplement its ‘squeezed’ budget.

Scottish council chiefs ‘disappointed’ by Holyrood cuts

13/12/2018

Council chiefs in Scotland are ‘disappointed’ that the value of local services was not recognised by the Scottish government in yesterday’s budget.

Preventable illness factor in life expectancy slow-down

12/12/2018

Preventable illnesses are one of several factors behind the slowing improvements in life expectancy in England, the national health body warns.

Whitehall to cut £85m from public health budget

10/12/2018

Local authorities have warned they are having to make 'difficult decisions' over maintaining public health services.

Council chiefs call for ‘proper resourcing’ to end homelessness

10/12/2018

Investment announced by the Government to end homelessness will help, according to council leaders, but cuts in resources are making it more challenging.

Councils slash library budgets by £30m, survey reveals

07/12/2018

The number of libraries across the country has continued to decline as cash-strapped councils reduce their spending on the service, survey reveals.

Pressure on Scottish councils ‘shows no signs of easing’

29/11/2018

Scottish councils are managing in the face of cuts and rising demands on services but they ‘face a difficult time ahead’, a financial watchdog has warned.

Council chiefs call for funding to ‘step up’ fight against HIV

29/11/2018

Local authority leaders are urging the Government to reverse the £600m of cuts to public health grants to help them ‘step up’ the fight against HIV.

Welsh councils need to ‘think differently’ to deal with cuts

13/11/2018

Local authorities in Wales must 'think and act differently' to deal with spending cuts and other challenges, the Auditor General for Wales has concluded.

Three quarters of English councils to cut early help for children

07/11/2018

Early help services for children will be cut or reduced by almost three quarters of English councils when Troubled Families funding ends in 2020.

Council chiefs warn of ‘detrimental impact’ of nursery cuts

24/10/2018

Local authority leaders have warned that Government plans to cut funding are placing maintained nurseries and support for children with special needs at risk.

EXCLUSIVE: Chiefs warning to May if austerity not lifted

17/10/2018

More councils face scaling back services to a minimum statutory offer if May reneges on her promise of ‘better times ahead,’ chief executives have warned.

Southern councils criticise ‘misleading’ funding claims

12/10/2018

Southern councils have hit back against a Cambridge University analysis of local government funding that suggested they had experienced ‘minor’ cuts.

Northants confirms £65m cuts package

10/10/2018

Crisis-hit Northamptonshire County Council has confirmed a £65m cuts package aimed at tackling a huge shortfall in its finances.

English councils undergoing harshest spending cuts

09/10/2018

English councils have been hit twice as hard by spending cuts compared to their Scottish and Welsh counterparts, according to a study published today.

Former Northants leader admits ‘mistakes’ over PFI deal

04/10/2018

Former leader of Northamptonshire County Council has admitted mistakes were made in a PFI deal which has meant up to £2m a year being paid for empty care beds.

Council faces legal action over £20m cuts to SEND budget

03/10/2018

Surrey County Council is facing a legal battle over plans to cut its special educational needs and disabilities budget by more than £20m.

Northants CC unveils plan to stabilise budget

02/10/2018

Northamptonshire County Council has unveiled plans to cut spending on agency staff and highways services to tackle a £65m funding crisis.

Labour warn of £2.7bn NHS cuts due to pension bungle

01/10/2018

The Government is planning to make £2.7bn of further cuts to the NHS before next election because of a bungle over pensions, according to the Labour Party.

Council chiefs call for reversal of cuts to sexual health services

01/10/2018

Maintaining sexual health services at current levels will be difficult unless cuts in public health services are reversed, local government leaders warn.

People ‘forced’ to wait two months for underfunded care services

01/10/2018

People in desperate need of care are being forced to wait two months on average to access care services, according to health campaigners.

Local government funding to be slashed by a further £1.3bn

01/10/2018

Council budgets will be cut by a third next year, causing 'dramatic' reductions in services, local government leaders have warned.

Schools to suffer ‘real terms cuts’, council chiefs warn

28/09/2018

The latest spending plans show schools will suffer real terms cuts in funding, local government leaders have warned.

Cash-strapped schools relying on donations from affluent parents

13/09/2018

Government budget cuts are forcing many schools to rely more heavily on financial contributions from parents, a charity focusing on social mobility finds.

Children with mental health issues face youth services ‘black hole’

12/09/2018

Three-quarters of young people looking for support for mental health issues become more unwell before they can access treatment, charity reveals.

Councils ‘struggling’ to provide services for most deprived

12/09/2018

Local authorities are struggling to provide services for rising numbers of people facing disadvantage, with deprived areas hit hardest, report reveals.

Ofsted ‘fig leaf’ for Whitehall failures on school standards

07/09/2018

Ofsted is not providing the level of independent assurance about the quality of education that schools and parents need, MPs warn.

Sexual health services at 'tipping point'

03/09/2018

Sexual health services in England are under 'huge pressure' due to a record 3.3 million visits a year, council leaders have warned.

Highland Council warns of £5.1m overspend

24/08/2018

A Scottish council has warned of ‘harder times ahead’ as it projects a £5m plus overspend for the year.

Northamptonshire CC plan to save £70m ‘very tall order’

10/08/2018

Northamptonshire CC may face serious hurdles making savings by renegotiating contracts with third-party suppliers, public sector procurement expert warns.

Union blasts Somerset CC for ‘financial incompetence’

10/08/2018

A union has accused Somerset County Council of ‘financial incompetence’ after the authority proposed staff take two days of unpaid leave.

Basic ‘core offer’ of local services could become norm, county councillors warn

09/08/2018

County councils are warning the basic ‘core offer’ of local services could become the norm unless the Government provides councils with additional resources.

Northamptonshire CC to axe 'hundreds of jobs’ due to funding crisis

20/07/2018

Services will be cut to the legal minimum and 'hundreds of jobs' axed as Northamptonshire imposes further cuts to deal with funding crisis, the council warned.

Cuts pushing children’s services ‘to the brink’, council chiefs warn

20/07/2018

Local authority leaders have welcomed new figures that reveal a marked improvement in children’s services but warn many are ‘pushed to the brink’ by cuts.

Council funding gap to reach £8bn by 2025

03/07/2018

Local authority leaders have warned Whitehall that the next Spending Review will be ‘make or break’ for services as councils face funding gap of £8bn by 2025.

Council chiefs warn health budget cuts ‘undermining’ fight against STIs

05/06/2018

Cuts to public health budgets have made tackling sexually transmitted infections a ‘significant challenge’, warn local authority leaders.

Benefit cuts forcing young people into homelessness, charity says

01/06/2018

Welfare restrictions are forcing young people into homelessness despite recent Government reforms, charity says.

Ombudsman criticises council for cutting disabled man’s support

31/05/2018

A London council has been fined nearly £3,000 for cutting support for a disabled man.

Scottish council chiefs warn cuts have left them ‘no room’ to manoeuvre

22/05/2018

Scottish local government leaders warn they have ‘no room left to manoeuvre’ as new figures reveal the extent of cuts to council budgets.

Scottish council workers vote to strike against ‘unacceptable cuts’

24/04/2018

Workers at East Dunbartonshire Council yesterday voted for industrial action against ‘unacceptable cuts’ to staff terms and conditions.

Whitehall cuts to public health budgets result in ‘preventable’ deaths, LGA says

19/04/2018

Local authority leaders have urged the Government to reverse cuts to public health budgets after figures reveal a third of all deaths are preventable.

London councils protecting parks ‘despite cuts’, report finds

28/02/2018

London boroughs are working hard to protect parks and green spaces ‘despite funding cuts’, research says.

Over half of councils plan to cut spending on children's services

09/02/2018

More than half of councils in England are planning to slash spending on children's services such as closing children’s centres, according to a new analysis.

MPs call on Government to ‘take over’ Northamptonshire CC

06/02/2018

Northamptonshire’s MPs have all signed a statement saying they had ‘no confidence’ in the council’s leadership due to its ‘self-inflicted’ financial problems.

Million children to lose free school meals under Universal Credit

19/12/2017

One million children living in poverty in England will miss out on free school meals under Universal Credit (UC) proposals, a children’s charity has warned.

Early years services ‘slashed’ by 50% in seven years

05/12/2017

A charity has called for ‘urgent action’ to protect early years services after research reveals funding in some areas has been dramatically cut.

Scrap public sector pay cap, petition demands

04/12/2017

A petition demanding the Government scrap the pay cap and give public servants a ‘meaningful pay rise’ will be debated in Parliament.

Government cuts force council to propose 50 redundancies

04/12/2017

Blackpool Council could make up to 50 people redundant and lose a further 20 contract posts under spending plans for next year.

Council agrees to sell off 10% of its parks

30/11/2017

Knowsley Council has ‘unanimously’ agreed to sell off 10% of the borough’s parks and green spaces for new development over the next 15 years.

Council proposes funding cuts for Citizens Advice

28/11/2017

New charges for garden waste collections and cuts in funding for Citizens Advice are among proposals by West Berkshire to balance its budget next year.

Newcastle first authority to set up charitable trust to run parks

22/11/2017

Newcastle has become the first major metropolitan authority in the UK to establish an independent charitable trust to run the city’s parks and allotments.

Austerity ‘devastating’ communities, Welsh local government leaders say

04/10/2017

Austerity is having a 'devastating' effect on communities and services, Welsh local government leaders have warned.

Welsh councils call for end to cuts

22/09/2017

Welsh council leaders have called for an end to the ‘relentless cuts to public services’ after a new report highlighted the scale of shrinking budgets.

Councils support parks research despite funding pressures

19/09/2017

Council chiefs have thrown their support behind a new Government-created group looking into the future of parks despite funding pressures.

Whitehall plans cause 85% drop in homes for most vulnerable

25/08/2017

Government plans have caused an 85% drop in new homes for the most vulnerable, new survey reveals.

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