Cllr James Jamieson, Chairman of the Local Government Association, responds to the launch of the 2020 Comprehensive Spending Review.
“Councils urgently need certainty about how local services will be funded from next year and beyond so we are pleased that the Spending Review process has begun.
“Securing the long-term sustainability of local services must be the top priority. It also needs to place emphasis on communities and place by properly enshrining long term, locally-led investment in the economy and infrastructure.
“With the right funding and freedoms, councils can provide local services which communities rely on and grasp the opportunity to address the stark inequalities the COVID-19 pandemic has exposed, develop a green recovery, address skills gaps and rebuild the economy so that it benefits everyone.”