Local government in danger of collapse says B&NES deputy leader.

Just republishing the most sobering interview of the week with Cllr Richard Samuel – who is deputy leader of Bath and North East Somerset Council – in case anyone has missed the opportunity of listening to it.

He went on Twitter to say B&NES faces a £53 m deficit this year and is planning an emergency budget for June ‘which is bound to make painful reading.’

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He told me the shortfall will wipe out the council’s reserves and warned that – on a national level – local government was in serious danger of collapse with some authorities facing effective bankruptcy.

In a Zoom interview l asked him where the money had gone.