Published: 12th Nov 2020

Just one in five county councils are confident of setting a balanced budget next year without dramatic cuts to frontline services, according to a new survey. The survey by the County Councils Network (CCN), comes as the network warns it could hamper their efforts to continue to tackle the spread of coronavirus. Just one in five (22%) respondents said they are ‘confident’ they can deliver a balanced budget next year without ‘dramatic’ reductions to services. Confidence drops further in 2022/23, with just one local authority confident of setting a balanced budget the following financial year. Roughly a third of councils say that they have no scope for savings in libraries, bus subsidies, and school transport because these services have already been reduced to minimum levels. However, for those that have not, 33% plan moderate or severe cuts to libraries and 24% say the same severity of reductions is planned for … (To read the full article, subscribe below)