Councils in west London have increased spending on parking services, while slashing the amount spent on education and housing welfare support, new figures show.
The education budget was cut this year in five out of seven west London boroughs, while housing welfare support fell in all but one.
However, the amount spent on parking services rose in every west London borough other than Hillingdon and Hammersmith & Fulham, where it dropped just 0.6 per cent.
The revenue spending budgets of councils across the country were yesterday (Wednesday , July 23) published in a handy table by the Department for Communities and Local Government.
In west London, Brent has seen the biggest cut in revenue spending, which is down by 13 per cent this year from 2013/14.
Harrow was the only west London borough where annual spending increased this year, albeit by just 1.6 per cent.
The revenue budget does not include spending on one-off 'capital' projects, like new buildings, being funded by councils.
Among the headline figures are:
* Hillingdon Council is spending £8.8 million this year on services for pre-primary school children this year, compared with £2.6m in 2013/14 - the biggest percentage rise in the country
* Brent Council cut its education budget by 26 per cent, placing it in the top ten in England for the biggest reductions.
* Hounslow Council is cutting spending on street lighting by 39 per cent. The reduction is understood to be down to the new, more energy efficient lamps being introduced across the borough
* Hounslow Council has reduced support for those on housing benefits from £4.9m to just £32,000 - a whopping 99 per cent
* Harrow Council cut spending on libraries by a third, and Ealing Council by more than a fifth
* Spending on CCTV fell by 36.9 per cent in Kensington & Chelsea, and by 17.1 per cent in Hammersmith & Fulham
Across England, a total of £3.4 billion, or 3.3 per cent, has been cut from council budgets.
Education was the biggest loser nationally, with spending down £3bn, but this can be explained by the number of schools gaining academy status and no longer being funded by their local council.
Cllr Amrit Mann, deputy leader of Hounslow Council, said: "We face significant cuts in our funding from government of around £60 million over the next four years, and we have some tough decisions to make.
"However, the figures quoted do not represent a cut in funding for support. The money has simply been classified differently in our most recent report.
"Most of this money is now allocated under other headings, in particular public health (up from £12.8m to £15.3m) and social care (up from £53m to £57.6m) – both of which do important work 'supporting people'.
"How councils report their revenue spending under these broad headings is down to their own judgement, and we believe the changes we have made better reflects what the money is actually used for."
Where has your council cut spending? (percentage change by department from 2013/14 to 2014/15)
|Council||Education||Parking||Libraries||CCTV||Street cleaning||Housing welfare support||Total|
|Hammersmith & Fulham||-10.0||-0.6||+3.3||-17.1||-100||-21.5||-4.9|
* The street cleaning figure only covers the sum not chargeable to the highways department