The findings show that marcoms budgets in 2011-12 have been hit just as hard as central Government budgets, sitting at 80 per cent of what was spent in 2007-08.
The figures were gathered via Freedom of Information requests from councils that could provide complete figures for 2007-2012.
The research revealed PR budgets have fallen by 19% over the past five years.
Advertising has been hardest hit, dropping to 53% of its 2007-08 spend. Comms staffing levels have fallen by 14% during the period.
The findings follow Communities Secretary Eric Pickles’ speech at the Conservative Party conference, in which he said: ‘By cutting waste, we’ve been able to cut council tax and business rates, and still pay off Labour’s deficit.