Local government funding: Moving the conversation on

By 2020, local authorities will have faced a reduction to core funding from the Government of nearly £16 billion over the preceding decade. That means that councils will have lost 60p out of every £1 the Government had provided to spend on local services in the last 8 years. 168 councils will receive no revenue support grant at all next year.

This paper is the very start of our campaign ahead of the Spending Review. We have published a series of papers, commissioned by LGA boards, which start the new thinking around building the case for long term, sustained investment in local government as well as laying out the positive outcomes this would deliver for the country. You can also find papers regarding:  

housing, planning and homelessness

improving schools


the future of non-metropolitan England

a sustainable adult social care and support system for the long term.

Over the coming months, we will be seeking your thoughts and evidence to further strengthen the rallying call to Government.

Funding gap 2025: technical annex

October 2019 update: Following the Government’s announcement of the 2020/21 funding package in the 2019 Spending Round and delays to the business rates retention and fair funding review reforms, the LGA is refreshing its funding gap analysis. Interim cost pressure estimates can be found in the following additional annex to the analysis:

October 2019 supplementary technical annex – cost pressure estimates