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LGA responds to IFG public finances Performance Tracker

"The LGA is calling on the Chancellor to use the Autumn Budget to tackle the immediate funding crisis for local government, as well as setting the scene for the forthcoming Spending Review to deliver a sustainable funding settlement for local government."

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Statement on local government funding figures

Local government in England faces an overall funding gap of almost £8 billion by 2025.  As these figures show, councils are increasingly having to divert money from other services to meet an unprecedented surge in demand for children’s and adult social care.

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LGA responds to ONS public sector finances report

Councils have shouldered more than their fair share of austerity and have tried to reduce any impact on residents, but there is only so much they can do and the financial challenges they face are growing. More and more councils are struggling to balance their books and others are considering whether they have the funding to even deliver their statutory requirements

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LGA responds to 2019/20 Local Government Finance consultation

"Those affected will be pleased that the Government is taking steps to address this issue next year. The LGA will be encouraging all our member councils to respond to this consultation. "

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Councils face almost £8 billion funding black hole by 2025

Local services in England face a funding gap of almost £8 billion by 2025, the Local Government Association warns today.

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133,000 business rates appeals from 2010 remain unresolved

More than 133,000 businesses are still waiting for an appeal of their business rates valuation from 2010 to be resolved, council leaders reveal today.

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LGA responds to HCLG Committee Report on business rates

Introducing a fairer funding system and allowing local government to keep every penny of business rates collected to plug funding gaps is now the only way the Government can ensure local authorities are able to protect the services communities rely on into the next decade and beyond.

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LGA responds to Spring Statement 2018

Only with the right funding and powers can councils continue to make a difference to people’s lives by building desperately-needed homes, creating jobs and school places, filling potholes, maintaining parks and green spaces, running children’s centres, leisure centres and libraries, caring for elderly and disabled people and protecting children.

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LGA responds to Local Government Finance Settlement

The additional one-off social care funding announced today is a temporary measure and needs to be compared against an annual social care funding gap of £2.3 billion by 2020.

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Councils respond to Local Government Finance Settlement

“Years of unprecedented central government funding cuts have left many councils beyond the point where council tax income can be expected to plug the growing funding gaps they face."