Laura Sharman 23 October 2014

Town hall chiefs call for place based funding

Council leaders are lobbying the Government for immediate and greater financial freedoms.

The Local Government Association (LGA) has published its submission to the chancellor’s Autumn Statement, due to take place 3 December.

The LGA said its ‘carefully costed offer’ would provide sustainable reductions in public spending, while driving further value for money in public services.

It calls for place based finance to be the default method of funding, long-term financial settlements for local government, and a range of financial flexibilities, freedoms and reforms.

It also urges the Government to fully fund all burdens arising from the Care Act, with authority-level allocations to be confirmed before December.

LGA chair, Cllr David Sparks, said: ‘The UK needs a considered conversation about its future, in particular the potential for a new devolved settlement for the UK as a whole.

‘In our Autumn Statement submission, we have set out an offer to this government for how this could work. The chancellor must use this Parliament’s last Autumn Statement to set the wheels in motion on the devolution to local areas our county urgently needs.’

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