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LGA statement on Budget 2024

“We are pleased the Chancellor has extended the Household Support Fund (HSF), which has helped millions of households facing hardship. It is disappointing that we had to wait until the very last minute for an extension, and that it is only for a short period."


Councils warn of cuts to neighbourhood services – LGA survey

“Extra government funding will help councils this year, but acute funding pressures remain and are forcing many councils to make stark choices about what popular services to cut."

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LGA responds to local audit backlog consultation

“We have been pressing the Government to set a firm timetable by which timely audits will be restored, so it is good that these proposals have been published."

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LGA statement on LUHC Committee report on local government finances

Without further funding, some councils will find themselves struggling to set balanced budgets in 2024/25 and potentially unable to do so as they look forward to 2025/26."

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LGA statement on provisional Local Government Finance Settlement

“Today’s settlement does not provide enough funding to meet the severe cost and demand pressures which have left councils of all political colours and types warning of the serious challenges they face to set balanced budgets next year."


Section 114 fear for almost 1 in 5 council leaders and chief executives after cashless Autumn Statement

Almost one in five council leaders and chief executives in England surveyed by the Local Government Association think it is very or fairly likely that their chief finance officer will need to issue a Section 114 notice this year or next due to a lack of funding to keep key services running.

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Joint statement from the LGA, CCN, DCN, London Councils, Special Interest Group of Municipal Authorities & Unitary Councils Network

The local government family has long warned of the growing financial challenges facing councils. Through savings and efficiencies, councils have done everything they can to deliver balanced budgets and ensure vital local services are saved from being cut. Yet for many of our members, they are now approaching or already at the point where their financial sustainability is at risk.  Today we unite to call on the Chancellor in the Autumn Statement to address the significant financial challenges faced by councils, and to protect the vital local services that our residents rely on every day.  But


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.”