0 Parks left to face twin threats of departmental cuts and council tax freeze

Chancellor George Osborne said an extra £17bn of departmental cuts was needed, taking the total cut to 25 per cent.

Parks consultant Sid Sullivan said the cuts and council tax freeze could see more partnership working and outsourcing but would affect every authority differently. "Some will just bury their heads in the sand and say we got through compulsory competitive tendering (CCT) but that's not good enough.

"We will see more parks services joining up with their neighbours. This budget will force people to look for economies of scale. It says to me fortune favours the brave. If you are imaginative you will still be here with a reasonable service, but if you are timid it could be savage."

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