This report is a companion to the summary and main research reports ‘The cost of the cuts: the impact on local government and poorer communities’ (Hastings et al, 2015a; 2015b)
It mainly provides detail on research design and participants in the case study research. These involved in-depth, mixed methods case studies of the approaches to managing austerity adopted in three English and one Scottish local authority. A range of methods were employed to facilitate both an historic and prospective analysis of council strategies for the five year period 2011-2016. This report gives descriptions of how the various research methods were designed and applied.
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