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LGC Confidence Barometer

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The latest LGC confidence barometer tells a tale of historic highs - and historic lows.

The good news is that there has been a dramatic surge in confidence that the UK’s economy will be stronger in a year’s time.

On the downside, councils have little or no confidence that their services will share in the proceeds of this growth.

This latest survey - the ninth of its kind since the May 2010 general election - reveals unprecedented concern about the future of vital services.

Much of this worry derives from the further cuts in July’s local government finance settlement - the presentation of which seems to have provoked as much anger as its contents.

Just 4% believed the settlement was presented openly and transparently. It was described as “opaque”, “short sighted” and a “bolt out of the blue”.

And the settlement seems to have shown beyond doubt that the funding picture will only get bleaker. Asked if their council was “over the worst” of the cuts, 99% - up from 95% six months ago - said no.

Kaye Wiggins, senior correspondent

Our previous confidence surveys

For comparison across what is now a fascinating sequence of confidence soundings of the sector since the general election, browse previous surveys at:

May 2013

May 2012

November 2011

August 2011

May 2011

February 2011

November 2010

August 2010

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