Cash-strapped councils invest hope in Spending Review

With Budget pledges seen as falling short, LGA shifts focus to the Spending Review.


Councils “at the front of the queue” when austerity started will have to wait until the Spending Review to see if government really is solving the funding crisis in local government.

LGA chair Lord Porter said the £650m pledge for social care needs more in the long-term.

“While this funding will ease some of the immediate financial pressure facing councils and our local services, it is clear that this cannot be a one-off.

“Councils were at the front of the queue when austerity started so local services should be at the front of the queue if it is coming to an end – the real test will come in the Spending Review next year,” he said.

Councils in England continue to face significant funding gaps and surging demand for adult social care, children’s services and homelessness support – with huge uncertainty as to how local services will be paid for into the next decade and beyond.

The hope now is for Spending Review that delivers a truly sustainable funding settlement for local government and an adult social care Green Paper that puts social care on a firmer, long-term financial footing.

Further Budget reaction from the LGA is expected later today (Oct 30).

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