But although many DSOs are struggling, others may have a new lease of life as a safety net when private contractors fail, the paper says.
Leicestershire CC is one of 17 authorities which will have to retender or restructure their in house contractors after the DoE last week announced action against loss making DSOs. The Independent also reports on problems with Bedfordshire CC's highways and sewerage DSO.
Ealing LBC and Kerrier DC have been told to retender their sports and leisure contracts. But private sector leisure contractors are also in trouble, the Independent reports.