Council leaders in the Midlands have written to the Local Government Secretary to complain about the effects of budget cuts.
They say deprived areas of Nottingham and Birmingham are suffering the most, and Eric Pickles' plans for more spending reductions will lead to a financial crisis where front-line services can't be protected.
More top news
East Midlands weather: A cloudy and cool start
West Midlands weather: Cool and cloudy
West Midlands weather: Frost and scattered showers