Brexit, devolution and funding: the challenges ahead

He faces a very busy domestic agenda, from tackling the social care crisis to building the affordable high-quality homes the country desperately needs.

“Councils are already taking the lead on preparations to leave the EU… it is vital they get the resources they need

Central to this will be using the forthcoming Spending Round to give councils the certainty they need about how local services will be funded next year, as they begin their budget-setting process, and to plug the £8 billion funding gap councils face by 2025.

Over the coming weeks and months, the LGA will be working extremely hard to make sure the voice of local government is heard and that the Government knows the role councils can play.

A major part of this will be our ‘Councils Can’ campaign (see www.local.gov.uk/councils-can). This sets out our key asks and calls on the Prime Minister and his government to give councils the powers, funding and tools they need to deliver the very best for our local communities.

This is why we will be pressing for the next Queen’s Speech to include a new localism settlement, underpinned by a Devolution Bill that reignites devolution and gives councils the powers they need to lead local areas, improve residents’ lives, tackle climate change, reduce demand for public services and save money for the taxpayer.

On Brexit, councils are already taking the lead on preparations to leave the EU. The funding recently announced by government will help us coordinate our efforts, but with the huge financial constraints we face, it is vital councils get the resources they need. Brexit will affect local areas in different ways, which is why preparations must reflect local circumstances, and it is local leaders who are best placed to direct preparations where there is most need. By working with councils and devolving funding and powers, Boris Johnson has an opportunity to deliver a post-Brexit vision that transforms this country for the better.

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