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IFS report into council funding

LGA responds to IFS report on council funding

Cllr Richard Watts, Chair of the Local Government Association’s Resources Board, responds to a report by the Institute for Fiscal Studies on local government funding.

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Local Government Mutual opens for business

The Local Government Mutual is open for business with LGA member councils invited to find out how it can potentially provide a cost-effective alternative to traditional insurance services and save them money.

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LGA responds to IFS report on local taxation

Cllr Richard Watts, Chair of the Local Government Association’s Resources Board, responds to the report by the Institute for Fiscal Studies on the devolution of local taxation to councils.

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LGA responds to Spring Statement 2019

“With councils still facing a funding gap of more than £3 billion in 2019/20, it is disappointing that the Chancellor has missed the opportunity to use today’s Spring Statement to provide further desperately-needed funding for our under-pressure local services this year.

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Local safety net uncertainty risks households facing debt and financial exclusion

It is vital that the Government’s forthcoming Spending Review recognises the importance of local support to achieving its wider aims in reforming the welfare system and improving outcomes for low-income households.

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LGA responds to HCLG committee report on high streets and business rates

Cllr Richard Watts, Chair of the LGA’s Resources Board responds to the report by the Housing, Communities and Local Government Select Committee on the future of high streets.

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Response to LGIU/MJ local government finance survey

Faced with a government funding settlement that assumes maximum council tax rises and these funding pressures, many councils feel they have little choice but to ask residents to pay more council tax again this year to help them try and protect their local services.

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Response to the IFS report on the Spending Review

Fully funding councils is the only way to ensure they can continue to provide all of the valued local services which make such a positive difference to people’s lives. It will also save money for the taxpayer and others part of the public sector, such as the NHS.

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Response to PAC report on local government spending

Pressures continue to grow in children’s services, adult social care, and efforts to tackle homelessness and this is leaving increasingly less money for councils to fund other discretionary services, such as the maintenance of parks, certain bus services, cultural activities and council tax support for those in financial difficulty.

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£8 billion funding black hole by 2025 will swallow up popular council services

Communities may suffer the loss of leisure and cultural facilities, fewer bus services, unkempt parks and green spaces and see fly-tippers go unpunished without government investment in under-pressure council services.