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Local leaders call for long term funding certainty for councils in Spending Review

“Investing in local places is in the national interest and one of the most powerful tools of the levelling up agenda. We call on the Government to ensure that the Spending Review provides both long term certainty and greater levels of funding for local councils.”

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LGA: Council tax support grant extension needed to protect low-income households struggling to pay

Latest figures show more than 2.5 million working age people across England claimed a discount on their council tax between April and June this year – this remains the highest number since records began in 2015. 

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LGA: Local services will cost at least £8bn more by 2024, which cannot be funded by council tax alone

“If we are to come out of this pandemic with a society that is truly levelled up, the vital services that councils provide must be at the heart of it."

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LGA responds to PAC report on local government finance

"Many councils were in a difficult financial position before the pandemic after a decade of central government funding reductions. The Committee is right to recognise that the Government has provided a significant financial package of support to cover cost pressures and some of the income losses incurred as a result of COVID-19. "

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LGA responds to new £1.5 billion business rates relief fund

“We are pleased the Government will provide councils with funding to offer grant relief to businesses which have been hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic and seen their circumstances change due to the effects of the pandemic."

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Councils respond to Budget 2021

“Public finances are undoubtedly under huge strain but investment in our local services will be vital for our national economic and social recovery."

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LGA statement on lockdown business grant funding

“Councils continue to work tirelessly to support communities and businesses through this crisis. This includes distributing more than £11 billion to 880,000 small businesses through previous grant schemes last year."

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LGA responds to provisional 2021/22 Local Government Finance Settlement

"More than 85 per cent of the potential core funding increase next year is dependent on councils increasing council tax by up to 5 per cent next year."

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LGA responds to £170m COVID-19 winter funding package details

“This new funding is good news to help councils continue to support those facing hardship and councils look forward to working with the DWP on the detail and logistics so links can be made with the wider welfare system."

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LGA responds to Spending Review

“Overall, the Spending Review provides more certainty for councils next year but the long-term outlook remains unclear. Public finances will undoubtedly be under huge strain in the years ahead but investment in our local public services is critical to our national recovery next year and beyond."