Save our services

This week as part of our ongoing Save our Services campaign, UNISON has launched a range of important information concerning council spending and budgets.

UNISON has carried out research that shows that the collective funding shortfall faced by all councils (including districts and boroughs) across England, Cymru/Wales and Scotland for the financial year 2022/23 is currently £3.081bn.

You can read some of the press coverage of our new research here and here.

We have also launched a powerful new video that shows just what we risk losing unless more funding from central governments for councils is forthcoming.

You can watch the video here.

Our council cuts website has also been updated to show the individual funding shortfalls that all top tier councils across Scotland, Cymru/Wales and England are currently facing for the financial year 2022/23.

By using the interactive website, you can see what the situation is like in your local area.

We have also provided details of the individual funding shortfalls faced by district and borough councils for the same financial year which can be viewed here.

The aim behind all this information is to highlight just how perilous the funding situation is for local councils. Unless it is addressed by more money from governments across the UK then we run the risk of losing even more jobs and vital services.

Therefore, the most important thing that you as a member can do, is to use this email action tool to send a message to your local MP/Senedd member/Member of the Scottish Parliament calling for more urgent funding for councils.