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Bigger & more potholes filled with street rubbish

More than half of what people pay in council tax will soon be spent on caring for vulnerable children & adults, creating a huge squeeze on councils' ability to fix roads, clean streets and keep libraries open.  New analysis published by the Local Government Association breaks down how every £1 of council tax is allocated by councils. 

For every £1 of council tax collected by councils in 2019/20, 60p will be spent on caring for the elderly, vulnerable adults & vulnerable children. This is up from 41p in 2010/11.  By contrast, 1p in every £1 will be spent on street cleaning & flood defences, 5p in every £1 will be spent on road maintenance & street lighting and just under 5p in every £1 will be left to fund all libraries, leisure centres, parks, museums & arts.

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