A survey released today of ADLO member authorities has discovered that 46% of councils have already implemented reductions or were considering doing so because of financial restrictions resulting from the 1995/96 settlement.
The survey of 61 local authorities throughout Great Britain also found:
- 34% of authorities enacted cutbacks in the level of service provision for at least one CCT activity
- District councils were hardest hit - 13 of the 44 respondents said that they had already reduced employment levels and a further six were likely to do so.
- Regionally, Scotland and Wales fared better than authorities in England.
- Terms and conditions of the workforce on the whole held steady. Less than 10% of respondent authorities were obliged to reduce conditions of the workforce
Chair of ADLO, Alan Lloyd of Swansea City Council said:
'What these findings do is expose the cynical attitude of this government to local authority services. Funds made available to councils have been slashed in real terms over the past few years and jobs, inevitably, have been lost. Recent pronouncements by ministers suggest that more of the same medicine is in store for local authorities next year. Unfortunately this is likely to mean further job cuts, only on a greater scale.'
And ADLO's director John Roberts added:
'The government ignores the fact that the multiplier has a negative affect on jobs when funding is cut. Its assumptions on efficiency savings are flawed, you can't get juice out of a lemon forever, it dries up after a couple of good hard squeezes.'
The survey was conducted among all 182 British ADLO member authorities. In total 61 responses were received.