Councils' 'financial blackhole'

Councils will face an ever-widening financial blackhole as the cost of provided basic services increases against a backdrop of budget cuts, the LGA has warned.

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Council services that face squeeze as funding dries up

The body that represents councils in England and Wales has warned that cuts to budgets will result in them "prioritising spending on some services at the expense of others".

Services expected to be prioritised include:

  • Hospitals
  • Prisons
  • Welfare
  • Waste management

Services that could see cuts, or disappear altogether, include:

  • Leisure and cultural facilities
  • Road repairs
  • Home building

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