£3.5bn boost for council services

The announcement included £1 billion for social care and £700 million for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). A review into the support provided for children with SEND has also been promised by the Department for Education.

Key grants will continue, and councils will also be able to levy an adult social care precept for a further year, raising an additional £500 million to help people who need care and support.

Cllr James Jamieson, LGA Chairman, said: “We are delighted that the Spending Round has delivered a funding package of more than £3.5 billion for our vital local services next year.

“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.

“The LGA has worked hard to demonstrate to the Government the financial pressures facing councils next year. We are pleased it has responded to our calls and acted by providing desperately needed new money next year, including £1 billion for social care and £700 million for children and young people with SEND.

“This will help councils as they strive to ensure older and disabled people can live the lives they want to lead, support our most vulnerable young people and continue to improve local areas.”

The LGA is now looking ahead to a Queen’s Speech in the autumn, and is promoting a radical legislative programme including an English Devolution Bill and

Local Government Finance Bill as part of a new localism settlement. It continues to work for a long-term, sustainable funding settlement for local government and a wider role for councils.

Cllr Jamieson added: “With the freedom and funding to make local decisions, there is clear evidence that outcomes for the nation improve and the country gets better value for money.”

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