The dark art of local authority cost-cutting by the back door

Ettridge, Geoff
February 2010
Community Care;2/11/2010, Issue 1805, p33
In this article, the author discusses the practices used by the British city councils to cut costs or control expenditure by hidden means while setting the budget. One of the practices employed by the councils is limiting information on services to ensure that demand is not stimulated. Some councils have even adopted the practice of only accepting someone for residential care when funding has been released by the death of other clients. Waiting lists are used to buy time during financial crisis.


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