As we begin a new year, it’s natural to think about new beginnings. Could 2022 be the year that the Government stops dithering and finally gets a grip on council funding?
A three-year spending review is “long overdue” and something local government “desperately needs”, according to Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick.
The final local government finance settlement for 2021/22, which was laid before Parliament in February, confirmed that councils will receive a share of £51.3 billion in funding (a 4.6 per cent increase in cash terms).
Thousands of families rely on universal credit to pay for day-to-day essentials including food, clothing and utilities.
Talking about debt is never an easy subject to broach, especially during a global pandemic, when debts may be held by the vulnerable or those under significant financial strain.