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Public libraries and leisure services are likely to be particularly vulnerable to cuts, with more than a quarter of local authorities planning large scale reductions to these budgets over the next twelve months.
The figures come from a survey of local authorities in England, Scotland and Wales carried out by the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) and completed by 166 councils.
Up to 73,000 job losses are calculated to be under consideration in England alone as councils prepare their 2011/12 budgets. Of these approximately 30% are likely to be front-line non-managerial posts. The balance are managerial and back office roles.
The survey shows that investment in capital projects such as new schools and leisure facilities is also set to fall decisively, with a fifth of authorities expecting cuts of 50% or more, and nearly half (44%) expecting cuts of between 30-50% or more .
All areas of council spending are likely to be affected. Services such as highways, economic development, environmental health, planning, street cleaning, waste and recycling etc face possible cuts of the order of 10-20% in many cases. Adult social care services are also vulnerable to similar levels of cuts.
The survey shows that councils have taken to heart the advice of the government to enter into collaboration initiatives. Almost all councils (96%) intend to enter into a shared service arrangement with another local authority or are already in such an arrangement.
Steve Freer, Chief Executive of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy said:
‘These are not final budget figures. But they illustrate the scale of the significant cuts which councils are contemplating and which will be firmed up as 2011/12 budgets are finalised over the next few weeks.’
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The CIPFA survey was sent to all local authorities in England, Wales and Scotland between 15th November and 6th December 2010. A total of 166 replies (40%) were received.
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