Cuts Watch #303: Local cuts in front line services
Local press stories on the impacts that cuts are having on people’s lives are now widespread. For example in Wiltshire, a scheme to support long-term unemployed people into jobs has been cut, the County Durham-based Business & Enterprise North East is looking to make 135 redundancies from its 416-strong workforce and in Bristol a new school for children with behavioural, emotional and social difficulties are being redrawn as a result of Government cuts.
In Northumberland a new scheme supporting the parents of disabled children with childcare costs is now under review and in Leicester a scheme to give children access to laptop computers looks likely to be cut.
As local councils come to terms with their 2011/12 budgets, the scale and scope of these cuts will only get worse.