Austerity: Britain’s local councils face financial crisis | The Economist
Funds crisis pushes more children into care - report - BBC News
'Lack of money' prompts care firms to end council contracts - BBC News
England's homeless crisis to hit breaking point without radical rethinking of housing policies, says report | The Independent
Budget millions to head off care crisis ‘too little, too late’ - Yorkshire Post
This is partly because of a change in the funding regime - which will mean that local authorities will have to rely on council tax and business rates:
Futures Forum: Business rates: promising a 'fundamental reform of the system'
An effect has been to force local government to become more 'enterprising':
Futures Forum: District Council sets up its own Local Housing Company
Futures Forum: Local Housing Companies >>> 'It is early days for this new model of house-building, but with their seeming commitment to quality design, the omens are promising for architects seeking work in the sector. Whether this model can bridge the gap in affordable housing provision remains to be seen."
But, as File on Four reports, it is a risky policy:
Councils in Crisis
BBC Radio 4 - File on 4, Councils in Crisis