How council spending cuts are affecting waste services

Squeezed budgets mean councils are struggling to boost recycling and are increasingly being forced to introduce charges and innovate to preserve services. Catherine Early reports

Domestic waste collection

Revenue spending on environmental services fell by 13.9% between 2010/11 and 2014/15

A recent survey showing that 95% of councils in England are due to raise council tax in April – and news that Northamptonshire County Council has become the first council in nearly 18 years to ban almost all new spending after being unable to balance its budget – have thrust local government finances into the spotlight.

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