Councils 'see roadwork budgets cut'

A survey has revealed that 80% of the local authorities in the UK have experienced a real term loss in road funding in the past 12 months.

According to the survey of 20 councils, conducted by the RAC, 55% have seen an outright cut in money for fixing up roads.

Some 25% said their funding level stayed the same, although taking rising inflation into account means a budget cut in real terms.

Despite funding reductions, 50% of local authorities plan on permanent long-term fixes compared to 40% six months ago.

However, safety concerns have driven one in five councils to prioritise short term fixes.

The survey found that despite funding reductions, 80% of councils said that they are well prepared to deal with another harsh winter.

John Franklin, spokesperson for RAC, said: "While councils are doing the best they can with the resources available, the fact is that reduced budgets can only stretch so far and councils are being forced to make very difficult decisions."

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