New report: Tough times

The Audit Commission has raised concerns about the capacity of one in three authorities to deliver their medium-term plans in its third annual review of council finances.

The commission’s Tough Times report also found that metropolitan authorities faced the “highest level” of financial risk in 2013.

One in 10 councils of all kinds could struggle to deliver their budgets in 2013-14, it added.

Authorities in the most deprived areas of England had also suffered the deepest reductions in funding relative to spending since 2010-11 this year’s report said.

The report is the third in an annual series that looks at how well councils are surviving cuts in grant and income.

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