Rubbish collection may be hit by funding cuts, despite increases in council tax in England [Image: Getty Images].

It’s the same story every year.

Councillors claim the cost of providing some services (it doesn’t matter which – this year the main offender is social care) have risen overwhelmingly and claim more cash is needed to deal with it.

They then say that this, along with the cost of other statutory services, means the overall quality or quantity of council services will fall.

Is that really value for money?

Perhaps it is time we all learned how to read a council budget properly, and started going through these documents with a fine-tooth comb, looking for waste, favouritism and corruption.

Perhaps it is time some of us realised that it is cheaper and more beneficial to accommodate elderly relatives with us – we wouldn’t have to sell their houses to pay for home care and their pensions would contribute to our regular bills.

Perhaps we should stop looking at some of these issues as matters to do with money, and accept that they are about attitudes instead?

Council leaders are warning of deep cuts to services despite nearly every local authority in England planning to raise council tax in 2017.

Increases of up to 4.99% are expected across the country, but libraries, bin collections and other services will still face funding gaps.

The Local Government Association says the cost of care for increasing numbers of elderly people is forcing up bills.

The government insists it is giving more money to councils.

The Department for Communities and Local Government said local authorities had been given a “historic” four-year settlement, giving them the certainty they needed to plan ahead, with almost £200bn available “to provide the services that local people want”.

Source: Council tax to rise while services cut, says LGA – BBC News

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