Council cuts are permanently changing services
- 24 Oct
The scale of cuts is resulting in dramatic changes to the services that councils have available, rather than just cutting back departments' spending.
Sir Albert Bore, the Labour leader of Birmingham, said in a bleak video on YouTube, that he had previously thought the budget deficit for next year would only be £2-3m in May 2012. But due to the economic situation, Sir Albert now believes the deficit to be more in the region of £40m, and potentially rising further.
Councils will cut £10bn from their social care budgets over this spending review period, MPs have been told. This was revealed at a health select committee hearing yesterday, where John Jackson, chair of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services’ resources network told MPs that his figure raised serious concerns about the future of social care funding.
He warned that adult social care is the largest part of council budgets and they will have to look for savings from it; the further council tax freeze announced this month would put more pressure on care budgets.
The interview with Sir Albert Bore came ahead of consultation on the 2013/14 budget for Birmingham, the UK's largest local authority.
Plans include an additional £100m in cuts and another 1,000 jobs to go next year on top of 1,000 that have already been lost. He also said some 48% of the overall controlled budget of the city council will be cut by the end of the budget period in 2017.
With the extent of the cuts over the past few years and with more to come, we have to start decommissioning services.
I am not looking forward to this but it has to be done.
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