One-year Spending Round announced

Chancellor Sajid Javid said the move would provide funding certainty for public services in the coming financial year (2020/21) and help “clear the ground ahead of Brexit”.

Cllr James Jamieson, LGA Chairman, said the Spending Round will need to make securing the sustainability of local services the top priority, confirm the continuation of funding streams such as the Better Care Fund, and meet growing demand for services.

He said: “Councils urgently need some certainty about how local services will be funded next year as they begin their budget-setting process, so we are pleased that the announced Spending Round will be completed in September.

“Vital local services provided by councils face a funding gap of more than £5 billion next year, rising to £8 billion by 2025.

“Only with the right funding and powers can councils meet their legal duties to provide dignified care for people who are elderly or disabled, protect children, prevent and reduce homelessness and protect the array of other valued local services which make such a difference to communities and people’s lives.”

The LGA is working closely with government to illustrate the financial pressures facing local government and to demonstrate the value of councils’ activities as part of its #CouncilsCan campaign (see www.local.gov.uk/councils-can).

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