From the TUC

Cuts Watch #23: Local authorities

01 Jun 2010, by in Cuts Watch

Across the country local news is picking up on what cuts may mean for local areas. This includes:

  • Bath: worries about the jobs of 3000 Ministry of Defence civil servants and the 35 per cent of local people employed at in organisations including the Royal United Hospital and two local universities
  • Exeter: cuts to college building, regional investment funding and apprenticeships
  • Liverpool: reports that a social enterprise, recently praised by David Cameron, will have to cease recruitment of young people (posts were funded by the Future Jobs Fund)
  • Leeds: new analysis by Guardian local highlights the risks to new transport investment and the impact that cuts may have for core services
  • North Wales: concern for unemployed young people in Rhyl – given that the Future Jobs Fund will no longer be available
  • Nottingham: fears over the fate of frontline council services
  • Peterborough: worries of more redundancies, and of cuts to investment in local regeneration projects

If you see reports locally please let us know.

In response to the cuts, the Local Government Association has made an ‘open and comprehensive‘ offer to the Coalition, setting out the freedom’s that could allow local government to do ‘more with less’. But others are less optimistic about the viability of the cuts – the leader of Waltham Forest council has said that:

“It is staggering that local government and the vital services we provide will have to deliver such a huge proportion of the government’s savings.”