There was an additional £650 million for adult and children’s social care to tide it over to the Spending Review, as well as £420 million for potholes and road repairs, £240 million for transport in the six mayoral combined authorities, and £675 million to revitalise town centres.
LGA Chairman Lord Porter said the Budget showed the Government was beginning to listen to its call for desperately needed investment in local services, but fell short of what councils need in the long term.
“Councils were at the front of the queue when austerity started, so local services should be at the front of the queue if it is coming to an end,” he said.
“The LGA’s Budget submission highlighted the severe funding pressures facing councils in 2019/20. The Chancellor has acted to help tackle some of this immediate funding crisis with £650 million for social care, which provides a financial boost for some of our local public services. While this funding will ease some of the immediate financial pressures facing councils and our local services, it is clear that this cannot be a one-off. It’s a start, but the real test will come in the Spending Review next year.”
He added: “Local government in England continues to face significant funding gaps, and rising demand for adult social care, children’s services and homelessness support will continue to threaten other services our communities rely on, like running libraries, cleaning streets and maintaining parks.
“Councils also continue to face huge uncertainty about how they will pay for local services into the next decade and beyond.
“Investing in local government is good for the nation’s prosperity, economic growth and the overall health and wellbeing of the nation. We now look forward to working with the Government to ensure the forthcoming Spending Review delivers a truly sustainable funding settlement for local government, and that its Adult Social Care Green Paper puts social care on a firmer, long-term financial footing for the people who depend on care and support.”