This is the biggest year-on-year real terms increase in spending power for local government in a decade and will allow councils to meet the rising cost and demand pressures they face in 2020/21.
“We continue our work for sustainable funding for the sector and a wider role for councils in the longer term
Key announcements included £1 billion for adult social care, with another £500 million to come from continuing the social care council tax precept; £700 million for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND); and a real-terms increase in funding for public health.
The LGA’s call for a review of support for children with SEND was answered by the Government, and there was also confirmation that one-off funding and grants will continue into the next financial year.
The LGA has worked hard to demonstrate to government the financial pressures facing councils next year – working across Whitehall, Westminster and the media to get across our key messages on everything from adult social care to public health, and homelessness to SEND.
Our efforts culminated in our #CouncilsCan tweetathon two days before Chancellor Sajid Javid’s announcement, and I would like to thank all who helped make it a success. More than 3,400 #CouncilsCan tweets were sent by 1,800 contributors, reaching 6.8 million people.
Our #CouncilsCan campaign will now focus on the next Queen’s Speech (see p29) and the three-year Spending Review due in 2020, as we continue our work for sustainable funding for the sector and a wider role for councils in the longer term.
Local government is a good investment: councils have demonstrated time and again that they can deliver efficiencies, ensuring public money gives the best possible value and improves outcomes for local people.
We now need a new localism settlement for England that empowers councils, as the democratically elected leaders of their communities, to take on greater responsibilities for their areas.