William Eichler 03 July 2018

Council funding gap to reach £8bn by 2025

Council funding gap to reach £8bn by 2025  image

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.

Next year, 168 councils will receive no more core central Government funding.

In a new report, published to coincide with the first day of the conference, the LGA estimates councils in England face a funding gap of £7.8bn by 2025.

‘We’ve reached a point where councils will no longer be able to support our residents as they expect, including our most vulnerable – let alone help the country to prosper,’ LGA chairman Lord Porter will say.

‘Councils have shouldered more than their fair share of austerity and have tried to reduce any impact on residents. But there is only so much they can do and the financial challenges they face are growing.’

Lord Porter will warn that the funding cuts over the last decade have undermined the provision of local services by councils.

‘Councils now spend less on early intervention, support for the voluntary sector has been reduced, rural bus services have been scaled back, libraries have been closed and other services have also taken a hit,’ he will say.

‘More and more councils are struggling to balance their books and others are considering whether they have the funding to even deliver their statutory requirements.’

‘If the Government allows the funding gap facing councils and the local services to reach almost £8bn by the middle of the next decade then our councils and local services will be damaged beyond recognition,’ Lord Porter will say.

‘The impact on society – all places, all generations, every person – will be hugely damaging. Millions of people will be deprived of the vital local services that help improve quality of life and bind communities together.’

Highways jobs

Executive Chief Officer (five roles)

Highland Council
£91,196
This is your opportunity as Executive Chief Officer to help shape the successful future of this region and champion the citizens of the Highlands Inverness, Highland
Recuriter: Highland Council

Assistant Director Digital Technology & Business Transformation

South Staffordshire District Council
£60,000 – £65,000 per annum package value
Could you lead and inspire us and help us in our journey to transform services and do things differently? Staffordshire
Recuriter: South Staffordshire District Council

Chief Finance Officer

Oadby & Wigston Borough Council
Up to £70,000
Looking for a Chief Finance Officer that not only fills the statutory Section 151 Officer role but work with elected members to... Oadby, Leicester
Recuriter: Oadby & Wigston Borough Council

Lead Engineer [Development]

Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council
£40,760 - £41,675 per annum
Looking for an exciting new opportunity? Join us in Knowsley’s Major Development Team! Knowsley (Metropolitan borough), Merseyside
Recuriter: Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council

Principal Engineer [Development]

Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council
£34,788 - £35,934 per annum
Looking for an exciting new opportunity? Join us in Knowsley’s Major Development Team! Knowsley (Metropolitan borough), Merseyside
Recuriter: Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council

Local Government News

Latest issue - Local Goverrnemnt News

The March issue of Local Government News explores alternative funding channels that are available to councils beyond the Public Works Loan Board, what hurdles merging councils face in coming together, and how local government is handling GDPR.

This issue also has a special highways and street lighting section exploring how councils can use lighting to embark on their smart city journey and using IoT technology to weather the storm.

Register for your free magazine