As the Government floats further away into a Brexit dreamland, the Barnet "graph of doom" is becoming a reality with demand led adults and children's spending crowding out other vital services such as roads, waste collection and local bus services.
We already know that reductions in social care spending when matched against growing need have already caused a massive spike in demand for hard pressed A&E services. The long term impact of the wider diminuation of other public services can probably only be assessed by future generations. I would suggest that not repairing roads, cutting bus services and reducing waste collection will almost certainly diminish our communities as we try to build a post Brexit Britain.
Social care could drain local services cash dry, warns LGA By: Simone Rensch 10 Nov 17 For every £1 of council tax, almost 60p could be spent on social care by 2020, taking away from “vital day-to-day services”, the Local Government Association has warned ahead of the Budget later this month. The umbrella-group has called on the government to ensure councils could keep raising the local tax to keep providing services as the money is “running out fast”. Clair Kober, chair of LGA’s resources board, said: “With the right funding and powers, local government can play a vital role in supporting central government to deliver its ambitions for everyone in our country.” She added: “Demand for services caring for adults and children continues to rise but core funding from central government to councils continues to go down. “This means councils have no choice but to squeeze budgets from other services – such as roads, street lighting and bus services – to cope.” The association projected 56p could be spent on caring for the elderly, vulnerable adults and children, up from 41p in 2010-11, and that this would take away funds that could be spent on services such as waste collection, road repairs and bus services