As the LGA conference 2018 kicks off this is sobering reading. The debate around local Government funding is often defined by adult social care, of the fair funding review or business rates retention. Sometimes it's easy to get lost in the detail.
This morning of conference summary makes a much broader point. Local government has been decimated and has huge financial and community sustainability cohesion risks looming like a spectre. If we accept the proposition that the NHS is both a sacred cow and has huge demand risks driven by an ageing population, what other part of Government could deal with this scale of reduction. Could you imagine the squealing from defence industry lobbyists or the Higher/Further Education if they had faced such reductions.
Sometimes in the national political cycle there is a time for bravery. It's about choices. Neglecting local government and letting it wither on the vine will be a choice - not an inevitable outcome. Will the Government be brave and make the right choice?
Council funding gap to reach £8bn by 2025 Local authority leaders have warned Whitehall that the next Spending Review will be ‘make or break’ for frontline services as councils face a funding gap of almost £8bn by 2025. At its annual conference in Birmingham today, the Local Government Association (LGA) will launch a campaign to make the case for increased investment to support struggling local services. By 2020, councils will have faced a reduction to central Government funding of nearly £16bn since 2010. This means local authorities will have lost 60 pence out of every £1 the Government had provided to spend on local services