City, town or village, many of us love where we live. But it doesn’t take much to drag an area down. Fly-tipping, potholes in the road, litter strewn along the verge. Left unchecked, our streets can be ruined for everyone by a few people who just don’t care.

Local Authority Environmental Health Officers help to control local nuisances like fly tipping, pests, noise and pollution. Local Authority housing enforcement officers make sure rental properties are safe and decent, and help to tackle rogue landlords. The Environment Agency holds responsibility for major waste offences. Keeping our roads in good order is the job of local highway authorities and Highways England.

Local Authorities have been some of the worst casualties of funding cuts. As a result, they are spending less and less on measures to keep our communities functioning well. Local spend on road maintenance has fallen by 29% in the last nine years. Spend on pest control has fallen by a fifth. Spend on housing has fallen by around 40%. Spend on waste collection has fallen by 21%.

Now, nearly one in three rented homes fail to meet government standards for hygiene or safety, and at the current rate it will take councils 30 years to address this issue. One in eight local roads face closure due to potholes, and fly-tipping is a major blight on communities.

Local Authority Environmental Health Officers help to control local nuisances like fly tipping, pests, noise and pollution. Local Authority housing enforcement officers make sure rental properties are safe and decent, and help to tackle rogue landlords. The Environment Agency holds responsibility for major waste offences. Keeping our roads in good order is the job of local highway authorities and Highways England.

Local Authorities have been some of the worst casualties of funding cuts. As a result, they are spending less and less on measures to keep our communities functioning well. Local spend on road maintenance has fallen by 29% in the last nine years. Spend on pest control has fallen by a fifth. Spend on housing has fallen by around 40%. Spend on waste collection has fallen by 21%.

Now, nearly one in three rented homes fail to meet government standards for hygiene or safety, and at the current rate it will take councils 30 years to address this issue. One in eight local roads face closure due to potholes, and fly-tipping is a major blight on communities.