More funding for local services

I would like to place on record my thanks to the Prime Minister, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, the Chief Secretary to the Treasury and our Secretary of State, Robert Jenrick MP, for listening to our lobbying in the run-up to the announcement and responding so positively.

“The Spending Round demonstrates that the Government is listening to councils

The uplift of £1.5 billion for adult social care and the £700 million for children and young people with special educational needs will help councils to provide the support that the most vulnerable members of our community deserve.

Also significant was the £422 million to tackle homelessness and rough sleeping as well as £24 million in additional funding for the Building Safety Programme.

Councils will also welcome confirmation that key grants will continue next year, giving them early certainty as they start planning their 2020/21 budgets.

The announcement of the largest year-on-year real terms increase in spending power for local government in more than a decade demonstrates that the Government is listening to councils.

As attention now turns to the Queen’s Speech, I look forward to continuing to work in partnership with our colleagues in Westminster to improve the lives of the people we serve.

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