Many district councils will face 'dire' budget cuts and others are looking at a freeze on spending or a small rise below inflation as a result of the government's finance announcement today, said the ADC.
The association says councils will have little room for manoeuvre in making their expenditure decisions for 1994/5. Many will have to make large-scale cuts in services and jobs.
'Democratically elected councils will no longer be in a position to respond to local needs and make decisions to help their residents,' said ADC chair, Margaret Singh. 'This is clearly wrong. The tight reins of central controls are beginning to strangle local government and should be relaxed.'