“To support protection work by councils to prepare for heavy rainfalls this winter, funding for flood defences needs to be devolved to local areas to ensure money is directed towards projects that best reflect local needs."
“The forthcoming Spending Round needs to ensure councils have adequate funding to protect local services next year to help improve residents’ lives, including through proactive environmental protection work.”
“Councils support the principle of infrastructure funding statements showing how much developers’ money is spent on local communities, and many councils already publish them. This work needs to be fully funded and councils also need sufficient lead-in time."
The Local Government Association today reveals a catalogue of incidents where lorries have blocked streets, got stuck in villages and crashed into bridges and homes as a result of driving down routes not suitable for their size or weight, often after being taken there by a sat nav.
“The Spending Round next week is an opportunity for the Government to invest in council-run services such as social care, to improve people’s lives for the better and save much more further down the line."
Responding to an announcement by the Department of Education about an extra £700 million for children with special educational needs, Cllr Anntoinette Bramble, Chair of the Children and Young People Board, said:
"It is great that the Government has acted on the LGA’s call for a significant funding boost for services that support children with special educational needs next year.
"Councils want to ensure every child gets the best education possible and that every parent can choose the sort of education setting they want for their child.
"This funding will help councils meet unprecedented demand
“People’s lives are improved for the better by councils, with every pound invested by government in council-run services such as social care relieving pressure on other essential services like the NHS."