CAR PARKS UP 90 IN TEN YEARS
Drivers pay for town hall cuts
DRIVERS have faced a 90% rise in parking charges in a decade.
They are now worth £920mil- lion to councils – up from £490million – while spending on potholes and road repairs has gone down by 53%.
Hugh Bladon from the Association of British Drivers said: “Shocking amounts of money have been taken from motorists. Things are at the point where it is almost a crime to drive a car these days.”
He went on: “The neglect of the roads is bad enough for people who use four wheels.
“For those on two wheels, cyclists and motorcyclists, it is seriously dangerous.”
The Institute for Fiscal Studies found councils have been targeting motorists to make up for Government funding cutbacks. Town halls have also raised the cost of cremations and burials while slashing spending on sports pitches, leisure centres and parks.
The IFS found councils were now being forced to focus only on those services they are legally required to provide.
Spending on homelessness went up by 72% over the same period.
Tom Harris of the IFS said: “It is clear that councils have adapted to a decade of cuts by focusing their spending on their most needy residents and meeting their statutory duties.
“This has meant big cuts to a whole raft of other services and it may be difficult to squeeze much more money from these if councils find their budgets under further pressure.”
EASY MONEY: Car park