Two months before the last election David Cameron told the Conservative Local Government Conference that: “Local government is officially the most efficient part of the public sector.” This report is about the consequences that the unprecedented squeeze on council funding since 2010 has had on local public services and the people that provide them. Some communities have seen some of their local services disappear completely. By the end of 2014 – 467 libraries, 361 police stations, 578 children’s centres, 33 fire stations, over 300 youth centres, 10 museums and many swimming pools and public toilets had all closed. One in five streetlights is now turned off or dimmed at night. The council workforce in England shrank by 499,000 by the second quarter of 2014.