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LGA analysis - Councils face almost £3 billion funding gap over next two years

Councils in England face a funding gap of almost £3 billion over the next two years just to keep services standing still, new analysis by the Local Government Association reveals today.


Local Government Finance Settlement: LGA statement

“Today’s final settlement confirms an increase in local government core spending power, which will help councils deal with inflationary and other cost pressures they face next year."

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LGA responds to provisional Local Government Finance Settlement

“The increase in local government core spending power next year, confirmed in today’s provisional settlement, will help councils deal with inflationary and other cost pressures they face.

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LGA responds to Autumn Statement

“Councils want to work with central government to develop a long-term strategy to deliver critical local services and growth more effectively. Alongside certainty of funding and greater investment, this also needs wider devolution where local leaders have greater freedom from central government to take decisions on how to provide vital services in their communities.”

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LGA responds to IFS report on Levelling Up funding

Cllr Andrew Western, Chair of the Local Government Association’s Resources Board has responded to an Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) report which states how public service funding cuts is putting the Levelling Up agenda in danger.

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Council cost pressures – a comment piece by Cllr James Jamieson

"Inflation is not going to come down overnight; reserves can only be spent once; a local service cannot be cut twice."


LGA responds to Growth Plan

“Local government has great ambition to get on with the job of building homes, creating jobs, supporting businesses and investing in new infrastructure. However, massive increases in costs due to spiralling inflation and National Living Wage rises risk undermining those ambitions, by forcing councils to cut local services to meet their legal duty to balance the books."

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Councils respond to Energy Bill Relief Scheme

“The inclusion of councils in the Government’s six-month energy price guarantee announced today is a positive step which should help mitigate against some of the extra pressures councils face this year as a result of spiralling energy costs."

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Councils warn of spiralling cost of street lighting and pothole repairs due to increasing energy cost and inflation

Councils are facing massive increases in costs due to spiralling inflation and the increase in energy costs, the Local Government Association (LGA) are warning today.

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LGA statement on UKSPF allocations

“By making the most of every pound of investment, we can achieve our shared ambition of giving every part of the country the chance to flourish.”