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Spending Cuts - a look at the budget cuts in London

Spending Cuts
Spending Cuts

A BBC local radio investigation in March found that councils were to make cuts of up to 30% - what has changed and what services will be affected in London?

Britain's economy is in a worse state than we realised according to the Office of Budget Responsibility.

Economic growth is slower than expected.

A BBC local radio investigation back in March found the public sector in particular was facing big cuts - and with next week's emergency budget they could get even bigger, with £6 billion worth of savings that need to be found.

Councils were expected to make cuts of up to 30% over the next five years.

Not only will public spending be cut, the London Chamber of Commerce have issued a warning to the government about cutting money for private ventures such as Crossrail and the Tube upgrades.

BBC London 94.9's Anna O'Neill and our political specialists in television, Tim Donovan and Karl Mercer, look at how the spending cuts will affect the capital.


Anna O'Neill looks back at the predicted council cut backs and finds out what has changed and what areas in particular will be affected?

Anna spoke to Allister Hayman, chief reporter of the Local Government Chronicle and Colin Stanbridge, Chief Executive of the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry.


BBC London 94.9 looks at the services that could be affected that people rely on.

Social services, homelessness, environmental services and voluntary organisations could all be affected by spending cuts.

Anna O'Neill spoke to the Hammersmith & Fulham Carers' Centre which has been running for 15 years.

600 people use its drop-in centre. But at the end of May they were told by the council that the centre would be closing in June.

BBC London's Political Editor Tim Donovan looks at the impact of the centre's closure

The carers have now set up a campaign to try to keep the centre open, and they told BBC London why it matters so much.

Hammersmith and Fulham council is frequently described as David Cameron's favourite borough.

Our Political Editor Tim Donovan spoke to Carers' Centre trustee Robert Rodrigues and carers Suzann Polis, Pauline Trapmore and Janet Murphy.


Against the grain there is one piece of good news in East London.

Karl Mercer reports on Newham Council's free school dinner scheme

Newham Council has decided that it will fund a pilot scheme to give all its primary school children a free school dinner.

This comes after the government has pulled the plug on the idea as part of the cuts.

Our Political Correspondent Karl Mercer spoke to Portway Primary School headteacher Maggie Van Loan and to Newham's mayor Sir Robin Wales.

Professor Tony Travers, Director of the Greater London Group at the LSE, also spoke to BBC London about the budget figures of local councils.

He explains why budgets have changed since the new coalition Government.


Shadow Communities Secretary John Denham told BBC London that the poorer communites will be hit hard by the cuts.

He explained how there is a huge difference between certain London Boroughs.


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