Annal Nayyar – interesting report from CIPFA today that describes Council spending ‘cut by nearly one-third since 2010’

The data, compiled by CIPFA and the Department for Communities and Local Government as part of the 2014/15 Revenue Account Budget Estimates return, means council spending will have fallen back to the level of 2005/06 in cash terms.

The cash reduction in per capita spending between 2009/10 – the last year of the previous Parliament – and 2014/15 will be 14.5%. However, this rises to 29.1% when adjusted to take account of inflation over the period.

Publishing the figures, CIPFA chief executive Rob Whiteman said the sharp downward trajectory of local authority spending in both cash and real terms illustrated the significant financial challenge faced by councils.

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