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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.

Public sector workers work £11bn of unpaid overtime a year, union says

24/07/2017

Two million public sector workers regularly work unpaid overtime, union says in response to chancellor’s suggestion public sector workers are ‘overpaid’.

Don’t ‘abandon’ austerity, free market think tank says

13/07/2017

‘Abandoning austerity is no solution’, says free-market policy think tank amid calls to lift the public sector pay cap.

Khan warns youth services cuts are fuelling rise in knife crime

28/06/2017

The Government has been urged by the London mayor to reverse its £400m cuts to youth services in order to tackle rising knife crime in the capital.

Refuse collection workers threaten strikes in Birmingham

31/05/2017

Refuse workers in Birmingham have started voting on strike action amid accusations of financial mismanagement and an overspend by the council of nearly £10m.

Tory manifesto proposals could see school budgets cut, think tank says

26/05/2017

School spending plans outlined in the Conservative Party manifesto could see school budgets cut by 7%, financial experts say.

Cuts are 'dismantling' neighbourhood services, warns report

25/04/2017

Spending on local services such as bin collections, parks, roads and libraries has fallen by £3.1bn between 2010/11 and 2015/16, new research has revealed.

Public health funding cuts ‘counterproductive’, councillors warn

30/03/2017

Cuts in public health funding to tackle problems including teenage pregnancy and alcohol abuse will be counterproductive, local government leaders have warned.

North Yorkshire libraries to be run by community groups

29/03/2017

Most libraries in North Yorkshire will be run by community groups and those under council management will be supported by volunteers in move to deal with cuts.

Scotland’s Budget ‘simply’ reduced local gov cut, councils say

24/02/2017

Scottish councils have criticised new Budget as ‘simply a reduction’ in the local government cuts that were already planned.

Fiscal clouds threaten to bring a further decade of austerity

08/02/2017

Austerity will continue well into the next decade irrespective of any negative impact of Brexit, the Institute of Fiscal Studies (IFS) predicted today.

£500,000 cuts threaten Birmingham museums

12/01/2017

Proposed council funding cuts could ‘significantly impact’ Birmingham’s position as a leading city for arts and culture, trust warns.

Council abandons plans to cut staff pay

30/11/2016

Newcastle City Council has dropped plans to cut workers’ pay and has found alternative ways to save over £2m.

Council reforms to save millions but will cost jobs

04/11/2016

Dudley Council is undertaking ‘radical’ reforms in a bid to find £25m worth of savings—but over 100 jobs are likely to be lost in the process.

Lower income groups ‘hit hardest’ by cuts

01/11/2016

Scottish councils have attempted to protect their poorest residents from the impact of cuts, but lower income groups will feel the brunt of future savings.

Public parks generate ‘large surplus’ of £1.2bn

24/10/2016

Public parks and green spaces provide benefits worth over a billion pounds and are not the liability they appear in public accounts, a new study reveals.

Council ‘divide’ across UK

18/10/2016

Local authorities across the UK are increasingly divided into the ‘haves and the have nots’, according to a new report.

Bristol launches consultation amid ‘mountainous budget challenge’

14/10/2016

Bristol City Council has launched a consultation on its five-year plan for the city in the context of a ‘mountainous budget challenge.’

Teaching assistants protest ‘dramatic’ pay cuts

16/09/2016

Teaching assistants have lobbied Westminster over plans to pay them only during term-time.

Council workforces shrink to record low

15/09/2016

The number of people working for local authorities is at a record low, according to official statistics.

Elderly bearing the brunt of care cutbacks

15/09/2016

Older people are paying the price for local authority budget cuts, with an increasing number having to fund their own care, health experts have warned.

Figures show ‘dramatic’ cuts in frontline services spending

02/09/2016

Local authorities have dramatically cut spending on education, transport, housing and cultural services, according to a new study.

Derbyshire under spends budget, despite cuts

27/07/2016

The leader of Derbyshire CC has warned of further cuts in the future, despite a planned underspend of more than £32m this year.

Cleansing staff to be balloted on strike action

26/07/2016

Members of the GMB Union at North Lanarkshire Council are to be balloted for industrial action in a row over pay cuts.

Local area coordination: a new approach to meeting needs

14/07/2016

Lenny Michael shares his insight into Local Area Coordination and its transformational effects upon the leadership of adult and children’s services.

Protesters take over London library to halt closure

01/04/2016

Protesters have occupied a library in south London in a bid to prevent it from being shut down temporarily.

Report: Boost to poorest from jobs boom will be undone by welfare cuts

02/03/2016

Despite jobs growth lifting 400,000 children out of poverty over the last year, welfare and tax credit cuts will result in the poorest seeing no growth in their incomes for the next five years, a report has found.

Most councillors expect cuts to early intervention, report reveals

01/03/2016

‘Short-sighted’ Government cuts are putting crucial early help services for children and families at risk and six out of 10 of councillors fear provision will be reduced.

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