A 'GRIM' future for local authority services has been predicted by the leader and financial director of Brent Council.
Labour councillor Ann John said this week that the council's services could be stripped back to the basics by 2017 if current financial pressures continue, describing the lack of funding as an "assault on public services".
Cllr John was joined by Clive Heaphy, the director of finance for the council, who agreed that the future was uncertain as Brent Council has "come out worse than most other local authorities".
Cllr John said: "I think Brent Council will be a very differently shaped organisation by 2017 if things continue how they are. We are now having to chose between which vulnerable group to take money away from.
"There are some services we have put on at our discretion, for example the park wardens, which we had to stop last year. People loved them, and were so disappointed to see them go, but this is the kind of thing that will go. It's a great shame. Many councils are privatising libraries, we don't, but I have a feeling it's all going to split up and it will be very hard to get it all back."
Cllr John also expressed concerns that more and more schools across London are become academies, and with the emergence of free schools, the council's management of services are already waning.
She added: "This is an assault on public services."
Mr Heaphy said: "It's pretty grim. With the course that the Government is following at the moment it is hard to see positivity. We are one of the worst affected boroughs in London by the cuts."
Brent Council is struggling under the weight of cuts to its Central Government grants equivalent to a loss of 26 per cent between April 2011 and March 2015. In the financial year 2011/12, savings of £41.7 million had to be made in total.
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