A thoughtful piece by John Harris has appeared in the Guardian about what the cuts mean for local government. In it, he refers to a real but “silent crisis” in local government services. Further deep cuts will only intensify the crisis.
Even attempts to relieve the crisis are totally inadequate. For example, Judith Blake, the Leader of Leeds City Council, was on TV just after the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement stating that the two per cent rise in Council Tax now permitted by the Chancellor to fund social care would only bring in £5 million, while more like £20 million is needed for the Leeds area.
Perhaps it’s time to start breaking “the silence”.
John Harris’s article can be read here: End of austerity? A silent crisis in local services tells the true story