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Public Sector Network Newsletter • May 2017
Whatever the shape of the future, Government investing in neighbourhood public services is vital.

Neighbourhood services are universal public services experienced by communities at a local level. They are a core function of local government.

They are made up of services such as maintaining local roads, providing parks, leisure centres and libraries, bin collections, recycling, and services that protect consumers like trading standards and environmental health. Since 2010/11, neighbourhood services have been the hardest hit of all local government services, taking a shrinking share of a shrinking budget.

Over this period, the worst hit neighbourhood services in England have had spending cut by a half. Many have seen cuts of at least a quarter, and the most deprived local authorities in England have seen the biggest falls. In a hard hitting new report, Redefining Neighbourhoods: Beyond austerity? APSE and the New Policy Institute (NPI) have found budgets for neighbourhood services are in a parlous state. The report finds...

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Government publishes £1.2 billion plan to increase cycling and walking - Cycling and walking investment strategy released. The government has published its £1.2 billion long-term plan to make cycling and walking the natural choice for shorter journeys. The government wants cycling and walking to become the norm by 2040 and will target funding...
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