Our #CouncilsCan campaign highlights the growing risk to vital local services if the Government does not secure the financial sustainability of councils in the 2019 Spending Review.
Between 2010 and 2020, councils will have lost almost 60p out of every £1 the Government had provided for services.
This unprecedented loss of funding and an ongoing surge in demand for some legal duties, in particular to protect children, provide adult social care support and homelessness services, are pushing councils to the brink. Money is increasingly having to be diverted from optional services, which help build communities people want to live in, to plug growing funding gaps for statutory ones.
The 2019 Spending Review will be make or break for vital local government services. With the right funding and powers, councils can continue to lead their local areas, improve residents’ lives, reduce demand for public services and save money for the taxpayer.
But if the Government fails to adequately fund local government, many local authorities will reach the point where they only have the funds to provide statutory responsibilities and it will be local communities and economies who will suffer the consequences.