Englandâ€™s mainly Conservative-run county councils have warned ministers that the â€œworst is yet comeâ€ over cuts to services and that several authorities risk going bust unless steps are taken to shore up budgets.
A survey carried out by theÂ County Councils Network, which represents 36 councils delivering services to 27 million people, found that a third would struggle to balance their budgets for 2019-20 without extra funding, rising to two-thirds by 2020-21.
A budget analysis estimates that county councils face a Â£3.2bn gap between income and costs over the next two years, caused in part by projected extra demand for social care services and in part by government cuts.
The recent announcement ofÂ Â£20bn of extra fundingÂ for the NHS has left local authorities frustrated at the governmentâ€™s lack of urgency in addressing the simmering financial crisis in town halls and the growing crisis inÂ adult social careÂ andÂ child protection services.
Nearest tube: Elephant & Castle underground station (Northern and Bakerloo lines).
Nearest Railway Station: Elephant & Castle
Buses from Elephant and Castle: ask bus driver for Burgess Park. Bus numbers: 12, 171, 148, 176, 68, 484, 42, 40, 45