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.
If you want to get involved in the save local services campaign, please email LGA’s Marketing Content Manager, Anna Morrell, on [email protected]
Media and briefings
LGA Submission: Government's Medium-Term Fiscal Plan
This submission makes the case to Government for a radical reinvestment in local and combined authorities that enables councils to turbo-charge local growth and create preventative public services that save money and improve the lives of some of the most vulnerable in our society.
Letter from the LGA Chairman and Political Group Leaders to the Chancellor of the Exchequer
Letter from the LGA Chairman and Political Group Leaders to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, the Right Hon. Jeremy Hunt MP.
Autumn Statement 2022: LGA briefing
Our Autumn Statement 2022 briefing summarises the key announcements for councils and provides an initial LGA view.