#CouncilsCan: Spending Review 2019

All the updates from our #CouncilsCan campaign to influence the 2019 Spending Review and highlight the growing risk to vital local services if the Government does not secure the financial sustainability of councils.

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Without sustainable funding, your council can’t deliver the essential services that keep your communities running; securing the financial sustainability of local services must be the top priority for the Spending Review later this year. 

Between 2010 and 2020, councils will have lost almost 60p out of every £1 the Government had provided for services. Councils are being pushed to the brink by this unprecedented loss of funding and an ongoing surge in demand for some legal duties, in particular to protect children, provide adult social care support and homelessness services. 

More and more councils are struggling to balance their books. Money is increasingly having to be diverted from optional services, which help build communities people want to live in, to plug growing funding gaps. Some councils have already been forced to cut their services back to the legal minimum “core offer”. If the Government fails to adequately fund local government many local authorities will reach the point where they only have the funds to provide statutory responsibilities and it will be local communities and economies who will suffer the consequences.

With the right funding and powers, councils can continue to lead their local areas, improve residents’ lives, reduce demand for public services and save money for the taxpayer. The 2019 Spending Review will be make or break for vital local government services.