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Assessing the social and community risks of council spending cuts in Scotland

How spending cuts in Scotland may have unforeseen and costly consequences.

Written by:
Darinka Asenova and Bill Stein
Date published:

Local councils in Scotland continue to face severe challenges and hard choices in reducing expenditure on services in line with UK public spending cuts. Cuts can have short-term financial benefits but negative impacts may take longer to be revealed. This paper:

  • explores how councils in Scotland can adequately consider social and community risks when making austerity cuts to services;
  • identifies barriers to better risk assessment and how to overcome these;
  • considers opportunities to promote impact assessment through new policies on joint working in health and social care, and community planning partnerships.


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