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Highways and housing bear brunt of local government cuts

Highways and housing are among the areas cut most savagely by local authorities, new government statistics showed today.

The first provisional local authority revenue expenditure stats released by the communities and local government department showed highways and transport services were cut more than any other, down by 13.3 per cent.

Housing services were also cut by 7.7 per cent.

This compares to overall net current expenditure which grew by 1.8 per cent in 2010-11 to £121 billion.

This compares to 7 per cent growth the previous year and 4 per cent in 2008-09.

The release said that in real terms, the £121.2bn figure actually represented a decrease of 1.1%, using 2010-11 market prices.

Real terms changes have not been given in previous years’ releases.

Education and social care were among the areas most protected by councils with both services recording marginal spending rises.

The spending review, published last October, revealed that government funding of councils would be cut by 26% between 2010-11 and 2014-15.

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