As if the Coalition wasn’t content with systematically destroying the public sector over four years it is now requiring councils to make the bulk of cuts next year resulting in maximum chaos for workers and service users alike. Hackney council had already identified around £18 million worth of cuts for next year and had to find another £7 million to meet its target of £25 million. This represented around 7% of the council budget.
The council plan based was to save around 7% per year for the next four years and this was based on the cuts announced by the Chancellor during last months Comprehensive Spending Review. Although this would have led to significant reductions in service levels and cuts to jobs it would have allowed the council to manage the transition better thus mitigating some of the worst effects of the government’s plans. The decision of the Chancellor to insist that most of the cuts are made in 2011/12 is devastating news for everyone involved as Jules Pipe pointed out last week on ITV London news: http://www.itv.com/london/armageddon-for-councils58346/