Britain's cash-strapped councils and the great Civic Centre sell-off

Hammered by cuts, local authorities are being forced to flog or rent out their headquarters to continue to provide essential services. It’s a fitting metaphor for the hollowing out of municipal power

On the east side of Newcastle’s Civic Centre, an elderly man wanders up to the door of Rates Hall – traditionally the first port of call for accessing council services. He finds the door locked, and a notice informs him that customer services have relocated to the City Library, a 10-minute walk away.

“They do what they like, man,” he says. “It’s up to us to do the running around.”

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