Over the past few years, local government has demonstrated its ability to deliver ambitious and far reaching savings programmes. While council Chief Executives are still holding on to their confidence in meeting savings targets for 2013/14, our third annual local government survey shows that confidence in being able to protect services as well has fallen by 40% over the past year. Beyond 2013/14, confidence in meeting savings targets falls further.
Nine out of ten Chief Executives and Leaders believe that some local authorities will get into serious financial crisis or fail to deliver the essential services that residents require within the next three years.
Tough choices are ahead as the cracks begin to show and decisions get closer to the frontline. Councils need to act urgently to transform themselves into agile organisations and shape a role for themselves through a future of continued austerity.