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One in three councils fear they will run out of funding to provide vital services such as child protection and care for the elderly within three years.
A survey found that town hall leaders believe they will not be able to provide the services they are bound to provide by law by 2022/23.
Adult - Care - Children - Homelessness
These include adult social care, protecting children and preventing homelessness.
The shocking survey by the Local Government Association also reveals that two thirds of councils believe they will run out of funding to meet their legal obligations by 2024/25.
Lord - Porter - Chairman - LGA - 'Councils
Lord Porter, chairman of the LGA, said: 'Councils in England face a funding gap of more than £3billion next year, rising to £8billion by 2025.
'As this survey shows, if the government fails to adequately fund local government there is a real risk to the future financial viability of some services and councils.
'Councils - Budget-setting - Planning - Process
'Councils would normally have started their budget-setting planning process but...
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