#CouncilsCan: social media initiative promotes local services ahead of the spending round

LGA's #CouncilsCan social media initiative is taking place today to highlight the positive impact of local services and the urgent need for this week’s Spending Round to adequately fund under-pressure councils. 


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The tweetathon has been organised by the LGA to support its #CouncilsCan campaign which has shown how councils are improving people’s lives and local areas for the better. 

The LGA, which represents councils in England and Wales, is encouraging as many councillors and local authority staff as possible to take a couple of minutes out of their day to highlight their achievements and tell the world what they’re doing to keep their communities running as part of the live tweetathon, from midnight on Monday 2 September, by using the hashtag #CouncilsCan.

The day will include demonstrating the value local government provides to the public through positive and diverse services, highlight new initiatives, and raise awareness of just some of the 800-plus services councils provide.

Between 2010 and 2020, councils will have lost almost 60p out of every £1 the Government had provided for services. Despite this, councils have continued to deliver for their communities, providing vital services daily. LGA polling shows residents believe three-quarters of council services have improved in the last 10 years.

The LGA said councils can do so much more if they are properly and sustainably funded but they need financial certainty from the Government to help protect services, particularly children’s services, adult social care and homelessness services next year and beyond.

With local government facing an overall funding gap of more than £5 billion in 2020/21 - including extra inflationary and demand pressures of £2.6 billion - the Spending Round needs to ensure councils have adequate funding to protect local services next year. This is the only way to allow them to continue to lead their local areas, improve residents’ lives, reduce demand for public services and save money for the taxpayer. 

Cllr Peter Fleming, Chairman of the LGA’s Improvement and Innovation Board, said:

“Councils provide a huge variety of services, some of which our residents see every day, like rubbish collections and street cleaning, but many are less obvious - these services support the most vulnerable, businesses, the young and old and our communities at large.

“Councils and their staff work every day to improve people’s lives and our local areas. #CouncilsCan Day will showcase this vital and fantastic work over 24 hours, while highlighting that councils can have an even greater impact on the health and wealth of our country with proper and sustainable funding. 

“This is why they need this Spending Round to provide the vital funding to ensure they can continue to make a big difference locally and to the national economy and to the lives of our residents.” 

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