Annal Nayyar reports Local GOV Report s-,Cuts are ‘Armageddon’ for local government warns council The Government’s cuts to council funding are being hailed as the ‘Armageddon’ for local government, as several authorities announce black holes in budgets this week.

Annal Nayyar reports Local GOV Report s-,Cuts are ‘Armageddon’ for local government warns council The Government’s cuts to council funding are being hailed as the ‘Armageddon’ for local government, as several authorities announce black holes in budgets this week.

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council has announced it faces a budget gap of at least £56m over the next four years, and will need to make significant reductions to services as a result.

Anthony Christopher, leader of Rhondda Cynon Taf County BC, said: ‘This really is an Armageddon scenario for local government which will have a severe impact on local services. No community in our area will be left unaffected during these difficult times.

‘Faced with such savage cuts to public sector funding, the cabinet will next week begin considering the first set of options to bridge the estimated budget gap it faces of at least £56m over the next four years.

‘It is also clear from initial indications, in advance of this week’s Local Government Settlement, that this figure is likely to increase.’

The council will initially be considering five proposals to bridge the funding gap, with further options brought forward in the next few weeks.

Salford City Council also said it was facing around £70m in cuts over the next three years, Worcestershire CC needs to find £30m in savings by 2014/15, and it has been reported that 600 jobs will go at Cumbria reported as facing 600 job cuts.

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