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April 5, 2011 12:10 pm

Interactive chart: The council cuts

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Analysis by the Financial Times of more than 2,400 savings plans gathered from the 2011-12 budget documents of 20 councils provides the first insight into how and where cuts are being made.

This graphic looks at the key areas where cuts are planned.

Where are the £6bn cuts coming from?

Data source: 20 selected upper tier council spending plans 2011-12, published February/March 2011; DCLG revenue spending data, 2010-11

The FT analysis is based on the 2011-12 budget “savings proposals” of 20 of the 152 main English councils which provide social care services as well as rubbish collections and planning responsibilities.

The 20 councils shown here were selected to represent a balanced cross section of these 152 councils in terms of the size of their central government grant reductions this year, their geography and political control.

Council savings proposals were then categorised by service area and matched to government data on council service budgets for 2010-11. Baseline budgets for non social care children’s services were calculated by adding together total school and non school children spending and then subtracting the value of the ring-fenced Dedicated Schools Grant, which councils do not control.

The savings plans from the 20 sample councils were then used to extrapolate a total saving for 2011-12 of £6bn across all of England’s councils. This chart shows where that £6bn is likely to come from, based on the FT’s sample.

Savings described here are gross and represent the value of services and functions councils are cutting this financial year in order to fund inflation and demographic pressures in their priority services.

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