Published: 16th Jan 2015

Austerity is here to stay. Last year’s autumn statement showed that we are now only halfway through a nine year programme of austerity, when we should be three quarters of the way through a six year programme. About 60% of the proposed cuts are planned to be delivered in the next parliament. This is bad news for jobs and services across the public sector, but in particular, it is sparking a crisis in local government and its ability to deliver quality services. The impact of austerity on local government is the focus of a new report by CLES for the TUC. ‘Austerity Uncovered’ looks at the impact of austerity on people and communities. It shows that the scale and depth of cuts are harming both our present and our future, and negating the ability of local government to ensure the wellbeing of some of the most vulnerable people in society. … (To read the full article, subscribe below)