Council spending woes

The BBC has published data detailing the extent of council cuts since 2010.

The statistics show that in England councils spend most on education, followed by adult and then children’s social care.

Despite frequent complaints about high council tax bills, the analysis suggested that in real terms these are lower than they were in 2010/2011 as council tax freezes in 2010 meant that bills did not rise with inflation. Separately, the Government’s local government finance settlement was not published on December 6 as expected because of Brexit debates.

The Local Government Chronicle reported that Housing and communities secretary James Brokenshire has said that the announcement will be made after the meaningful vote on the Brexit deal on December 11. Lord Porter, chair of the LGA, said it was a ‘shame that the Brexit debate has become a distraction from the pressures facing local government’.

Full articles:

→ The BBC - How cuts changed council spending, in seven charts

→  Local Government Chronicle - Finance settlement delayed by Brexit vote


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