The above bit I put in bold is common assumption. The Council has legal obligations re library services for example. Fortunately. But not in other cases. Take Adventure playgrounds. For many years very important free service for parents and young children. Now all cut. Council has no legal obligation to fund this service ( even part fund it ) so it doesn't. Even though in areas like mine (Loughborough Junction) they are life sustaining ones. People donating money and time is already happening. The Grove Adventure playground has received small ( relatively) donations from local residents to buy building materials and fridge for example. Also voluntary labour to repair the playground the Council neglected for years. So its already been happening on the quiet. I don't think this is good thing. Its not sustainable in long term. The other issue is how to ask for donations. It should not be done in way that makes less well off people feel embarrassed. The Grove Adventure playground is open for summer through grant from charity and locals donating there time and money to get it ready for summer.