The financial blackhole facing local authorities is widening by £2.1 billion a year amid "counterproductive" cuts to their funding, a new report has warned.
The Local Government Association (LGA) said the extra 10 percent cut for 2015/16 unveiled in the Spending Review, on top of previously announced cuts of 33 percent, would hit the delivery of public services, while some could be lost altogether.
The LGA believes the costs of running vital services like social care, waste management and the police service will increase against a backdrop of cuts to funding.
This so-called financial blackhole will rise to £14.4 billion by 2020, the LGA said.
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