Local government finance

A BBC survey of planned expenditure by 76% of England's local authorities published on 12 May, shows that, in 2011/12, planned adult social care expenditure is expected to fall by an estimated 4.7% in the North and rise by 2.7% in the South; and cultural spending (including libraries) is expected to drop by about 10.2%, education spending by about 11.4% and environmental spending by 3.7% ("Council Spending: Making It Clear").