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Cuts push councils to the brink

Issue No. 2359

Councils face going bust across Britain following government funding cuts, MPs have warned.

Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee said that funding reductions of £7.6 billion by 2015 and increased service demand would pose “serious questions” about the “viability of some councils”.

Councils face a new 10 percent cut in the finances they receive from central government. 

That is equivalent to £30 million per council.

Even council bosses have admitted the cuts could close “children’s centres, museums and sports centres”.

Road maintenance budgets could also be reduced, bus fares could rise and street lights could be switched off.


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Tue 25 Jun 2013, 18:18 BST
Issue No. 2359
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