Street cleaning budgets reduced across the UK

February 3rd, 2015 Category: Local Authority & Housing

Street cleaning budgets have had their budgets cut substantially over the last few years, it has been revealed.

Freedom of Information Requests were made to all 326 councils in England to determine the extent of the cuts.

The answers revealed that in real terms, all 326 councils in England have had their street cleaning budgets cut by 16 per cent since 2010.

There was also significant variation in terms of the extent to which local authorities had their budgets cut, with some local authorities seeing their street cleaning budgets reduced by almost a third.

The West Midlands for example, saw a 30 per cent real terms drop since 2010. In the south-west, spending was down 28 per cent followed by the north-east, where the cut was 27 per cent.

On the other hand, the south-east had the smallest reduction at six  per cent, while spending in the East of England, was down nine per cent.

Furthermore, the worst affected regions saw their budgets reduced by more than 80 per cent.

The survey of councils was conducted by shadow communities and local government secretary Hilary Benn.

He said: "Clean streets help to engender a sense of civic pride but this is being undermined by reductions to the very frontline services that David Cameron said he would protect.

"Labour would devolve power and money to local areas and work with them to find savings through collaboration, allowing them to protect the frontline services residents expect and rely on."

However, the lack of cleaning is having severe consequences for Brits. Official figures suggest that living in a neighbourhood scattered with rubbish can hit property prices by almost 12 per cent.