From bins to buses, to leisure centres and libraries... almost every aspect of our lives depends at least partly on the public purse.
Spending on public services is coming under increasing pressure and budgets could be squeezed further from next year.
On Wednesday, Chancellor George Osborne is likely to announce further cuts in Government spending. The spending review is expected to announce cuts in government spending for 2015-2016 that could amount to £11.5bn.
There is concern in Wales that the amount of money the Welsh Government receives could be cut.
Aaron Shotton, a spokesperson for the Welsh Local Government Association, believes further cuts will have a significant impact on public services.
Cuts have already made an impact in Wales, with local authorities cutting spending in an effort to save million of pounds. The Touch Trust is one charity which has lost £15,000 in funding from Cardiff Council. The charity provides therapeutic activities for the disabled.
In Wrexham cuts have already had an impact on some discretionary school bus services.
Some pupils from St Joseph's Catholic & Anglican High School in Wrexham are losing their school bus service from September.
The bus service caters for fare-paying pupils who live within 3 miles of the school. It may not be the closest school to their home, but they travel further so they can access the school of their choice, a faith school.
The school says the cuts will affect 125 of its pupils. Headteacher Maria Rimmer is disappointed with the decision.
Wrexham Council says it has to make over £34million worth of savings over the next five years.
Ahead of Wednesday’s spending review the Welsh Government told Wales This Week taht any further cuts to its budget "will have devastating consequences for Wales.”
Communities across Wales will find out on Wednesday what the future holds for the public services they’ve come to rely on, when the full extent of the cuts for 2015-16 become apparent.
'Wales This Week: Counting the Cuts' will be broadcast at 8pm on ITV Cymru Wales.