LGA responds to IFG public finances Performance Tracker

"The LGA is calling on the Chancellor to use the Autumn Budget to tackle the immediate funding crisis for local government, as well as setting the scene for the forthcoming Spending Review to deliver a sustainable funding settlement for local government."


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Responding to the Institute for Government’s public finances Performance Tracker 2018 report, Cllr Richard Watts, Chair of the Local Government Association’s Resources Board, said:

“Local government in England faces an overall funding gap of almost £8 billion by 2025. 

“Councils have embraced efficiency and innovation in a way that is not being replicated anywhere else in the public sector but funding and demand pressures are unsustainable. As this report recognises, councils are increasingly having to divert money from other cherished local services to meet an unprecedented surge in demand for children’s and adult social care.

“The LGA is calling on the Chancellor to use the Autumn Budget to tackle the immediate funding crisis for local government, as well as setting the scene for the forthcoming Spending Review to deliver a sustainable funding settlement for local government.

“Without this, more and more councils will struggle to deliver their statutory requirements and be unable to deliver the vital local services that their residents expect and deserve.”