Dan Peters 22 August 2019

£5.2bn council funding gap is 'underestimate', says LGA

The Local Government Association (LGA) will argue the sector faces a £5.2bn funding gap in 2020/21 despite believing the figure is an underestimate, The MJ understands.

Smith Square has stepped up its engagement with the Government, with chairman, Cllr James Jamieson, briefing communities secretary Robert Jenrick and chief secretary to the Treasury, Rishi Sunak, on the key issues facing councils.

LGA officials are bullish about their calculations ahead of next month’s one-year fast-tracked spending round, but have deliberately resisted the temptation to exaggerate the figure in an attempt to secure respect from a sceptical Treasury.

The LGA has been open about the methodology it has used to work out the £5.2bn figure but still does not expect the Government to endorse its claims about the additional funding that the sector needs.

Ministers have acknowledged that council services are under financial pressure but then-chancellor Philip Hammond said in April that he did not accept the LGA’s funding gap figures.

To continue reading visit The MJ (£).

SIGN UP
For your free daily news bulletin
Highways jobs

Quality Assurance and Service Improvement Officer

Leicestershire County Council
£33,558
Leicestershire County Council has created two exciting new posts looking at further developing our assurance processes. Leicester, Leicestershire
Recuriter: Leicestershire County Council

Improvement Manager

Leicestershire County Council
£37,356
Leicestershire County Council has created two exciting new posts looking at further developing our assurance processes. Leicester, Leicestershire
Recuriter: Leicestershire County Council

Joiner

Northumberland County Council
£22,571-£24,920
Northumberland County Council operates a vast range of services across one of the largest counties in the UK. Northumberland
Recuriter: Northumberland County Council

Assistant Director - Planning

West Northamptonshire Council
£87,189 - £87,189
As we’re a new council, you will have the rare opportunity of being there at the start; to stamp your own mark in creating a best practice. Northampton, Northamptonshire
Recuriter: West Northamptonshire Council

Administrative Assistant

Leicestershire County Council
£19,266
An opportunity has arisen to work as part of the Business Support Services Team in Adults & Communities as an Administrative Assistant. Leicester, Leicestershire
Recuriter: Leicestershire County Council

Partner Content

Circular highways is a necessity not an aspiration – and it’s within our grasp

Shell is helping power the journey towards a circular paving industry with Shell Bitumen LT R, a new product for roads that uses plastics destined for landfill as part of the additives to make the bitumen.

Support from Effective Energy Group for Local Authorities to Deliver £430m Sustainable Warmth Funded Energy Efficiency Projects

Effective Energy Group is now offering its support to the 40 Local Authorities who have received a share of the £430m to deliver their projects on the ground by surveying properties and installing measures.

Pay.UK – the next step in Bacs’ evolution

Dougie Belmore explains how one of the main interfaces between you and Bacs is about to change.