Public say no to cleansing cuts
06 July 2010
Street cleaning and rubbish collections are two of the areas where there should NOT be cuts, according to a new survey of 2,000 people.
The research was commissioned by the Local Government Association, which is this week discussing how to make £1 billion of savings.
The discussion is part of current debate about reducing public spending and the government has invited the public to say where they would like to see the axe fall.
It is clear from this survey that caring for the local environment - along with caring for the elderly - is an area where the public are not happy to see cuts.
Keep Britain Tidy chief executive Phil Barton said: ‘People clearly value clean streets and communities that are free from litter are safer and healthier places to live.
‘Litter is everyone’s responsibility, however councils provide a vital service in keeping our streets clean.
‘Cuts could mean more litter on the ground which, as these results show, is a price the public are not willing to pay.’
The Local Government Association, which represents councils in England and Wales, will discuss how to tackle the spending reductions at its annual conference this week.