The report concluded that austerity is failing local communities. Council services are in decline, people are at risk and staff are at breaking point. UNISON’s survey of over 21,000 local council employees is the first to highlight the day-to-day impact of austerity measures across local services. From refuse collectors, to social workers, to senior officials; the experiences of employees at all levels in councils from across the UK are represented.
Gwynne attended an event in Parliament hosted by UNISON, giving MPs an opportunity to discuss cuts with a number of councillors, council workers and UNISON representatives.
- 79% of local government workers do not think that services provided by their council have improved in the past two years
- 79% are not confident about the future of local services
- 58% say their council is not delivering quality services
- 14% of council workers are confident that vulnerable local residents are safe and cared for
- 67% don’t think local residents are receiving the help and support they need at the right time
Andrew Gwynne MP said:
“Whilst visiting councils up and down the country in my capacity as Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, I’ve seen time and time again that cuts are failing us all.
“Councils provide many incredibly important services; adult social care, children’s care, road maintenance and even trading standards.
“The research published in UNISON’s report paints a clear picture. Councils are at breaking point and it’s impacting us all on an everyday basis. I’m urging this Government to provide councils up and down the country with the funding they so desperately need.”