Neighbourhood services are universal public services experienced by communities at a local level. They are a core function of local government. They are made up of services such as maintaining local roads, providing parks, leisure centres and libraries, bin collections, recycling and services that protect consumers like trading standards and environmental health.
Since 2010/11, neighbourhood services have been the hardest hit of all local government services, taking a shrinking share of a shrinking budget. Over this period, the worst hit neighbourhood services in England have had spending cut by half. Many have seen cuts of at least a quarter and the most deprived local authorities in England have seen the biggest falls.
This hard hitting new report by APSE and the New Policy Institute (NPI) explores the impact of austerity on neighbourhood services, and warns of the consequences of this continuing downward trajectory in funding which risks falling to a 60-year low.
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