Recent projections are showing a worrying picture for local government in the future. Let me introduce you to the Barnet ‘Graph of Doom’.
It is projected that if cuts continue the way that they are going at the moment and factoring in the demographic changes with people living longer, all that Councils will be doing in the future is looking after the most vulnerable in society.
Without fundamental reform, Brent and other Councils will simply have to totally stop providing some services full stop. We will no longer be able to provide all our statutory obligations. Without fundamental reform in funding formulas, Councils will at some stage in the future be writing to Central Government, requesting to remove some statutory obligations.
The Guardian writes that in relation to Barnet (but this does apply to Councils like Brent too) that they “will be unable to provide any services except adult social care and children’s services. No libraries, no parks, no leisure centres – not even bin collections.”