Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to a newer version or another browser.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

Council spending down one third

  • Comment

Council spending is likely to have fallen by almost a third since 2010 as a result of government funding reductions, an analysis of local government spending by the Chartered Instituted of Public Finance & Accountancy has found.

The analysis of local authority spending data, including revenue budget plans for 2015-16, said that by the end of the current financial year per capita spending by English councils will have decreased by 32% in real terms since 2009-10, and by 17.2% in cash terms.

Looking at this year against 2014-15, housing is set for the greatest loss of any service budget at 9.9%, closely followed by planning and development, down by 9.8% (see attached tables).

All services’ spending fell during the year except for a 2.2% increase in highways and transportation, caused largely by projects in Greater London and the south-east.

Rob Whiteman

Rob Whiteman

As a special case public health showed a 16.6% increase as a result of spending transfers from NHS England to councils ahead of the latter taking over commissioning for children aged under five from 1 October.

All regions showed a fall in spending by councils in the past year except for the south-east, which was unchanged. Worst hit was the north-east, down by 4.9%.

Cipfa chief executive Rob Whiteman (pictured) said: “These figures will paint a worrying picture for many councils across England and hammer home how despite rising demand for front-line services there has been little or no respite in funding reductions to local authority budgets.”

He called on the government “to budget for the medium to long term if public services are to be sustainable over the next decade”.

  • Comment

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions.

Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.