The future financial sustainability of councils is on a cliff-edge. Without Government action, they will have no choice but to significantly cut the local services our communities – and economy – rely on.
Local government is the fabric of our country. It provides more than 800 services and positively impacts the daily life of every person in every community.
However, the future financial sustainability of councils is on a cliff-edge, and the scale of the pressures cannot be met by reducing costs, making efficiencies or raising council tax.
Many now face the prospect of having to make severe cutbacks to local services. This would not only damage our communities but massively undermine Government ambitions to boost economic growth, level up the country and help residents through the cost of living crisis.
We need a long-term plan from Government
Inflation is not going to come down overnight. Reserves can only be spent once. A local service cannot be cut twice.
To save the local services we all rely on, councils need adequate funding, in line with inflation and the demand for services, and certainty to plan their budgets to minimise service disruption.
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Media and briefings
- Media releases and coverage
LGA responds to Autumn Statement
14 November 2022
Cllr Jamieson on BBC Politics East (11.50)
23 October 2022
LGA responds to IFS report on Levelling Up funding
20 October 2022
Council cost pressures – a comment piece by Cllr James Jamieson
18 October 2022
Councils respond to Energy Bill Relief Scheme
21 September 2022
Autumn Statement 2022: LGA briefing
18 November 2022
LGA Submission: Government's Medium-Term Fiscal Plan
14 October 2022