Web links for 7th January 2011
"Autoblog" reports that this year's pothole repair season could be hit by the cuts and "some highways may not be repaired at all."
Local Government Chronicle reports that several large cities will see huge reductions in their Supporting People funding. There are also worries that the removal of ring-fencing will mean that some councils will stop using Supporting People money to pay for services for vulnerable people – Westminster Council already plans to cut £1 million from projects previously funded by SP.
Analysis by Civitas suggests that police resources play an essential role in tackling crime. Their research concludes that police numbers and resources are far from the only contributor to police effectiveness, and that it seems highly unlikely that the swingeing cuts now being enacted will be made without significantly decreasing detection rates.