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Council funding to be further cut in half over next two years - LGA warns

Already stretched councils in England will see the core central government funding they use to pay for vital services like collecting bins, filling potholes, protecting children and caring for elderly and disabled people, cut in half over the next two years.

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LGA responds to Autumn Budget 2017

“The LGA has long called for councils to be given greater freedom to borrow to build new homes and today’s Budget has taken a step towards that by lifting the housing borrowing cap for some councils."

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Commercial investment curbs would risk local services

Communities will see their local services face further cutbacks or be lost altogether if the Autumn Budget includes measures to restrict councils from making prudent commercial investments.

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Devolve Industrial Strategy powers and funding or risk leaving areas to fail, say councils

“The Autumn Budget provides an ideal opportunity for the Government to formalise the role of local government in delivering the Industrial Strategy. "

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Almost 60p in every £1 of council tax could be spent on social care by 2020

New analysis by the LGA illustrates the strain being placed on council budgets as a result of the rising demand for adult social care and children’s services.

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Councils respond to IFG public spending performance trackers

"We have long warned that inadequate funding for local government has a knock-on effect on other parts of the public sector, which are often left to pick up the pieces of councils being forced to scale back services."

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LGA responds to TPA report on council fees and charges

“Even if councils stopped filling potholes, maintaining parks and open spaces, closed all children’s centres, libraries, museums, leisure centres, turned off every street light and shut all discretionary bus routes they still would not have saved enough money to plug this gap by the end of the decade.”

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LGA exploring options to establish a local government mutual

The Local Government Association is exploring options to set up a local government mutual to reduce the amount councils spend on insurance every year, and help support improved risk management through sharing best practice.

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75p in every £1 of core government funding to councils cut by 2020

Securing the financial sustainability of councils and vital local services must be the top priority for the new government, the leader of local government in England will say today.

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LGA responds to NAO report on business rates

Cllr Claire Kober, Chair of the Local Government Association’s Resources Board, responded to the National Audit Office report on 100 per cent retention of business rates