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Local government looking ahead to increased devolution

The MJ reports that local government officials are expecting a ‘devolution revolution’ after Thursday’s election result

During this tenure in office, the Prime Minister has backed further mayoral models and supported extending powers for existing deals.

In its manifesto, the Conservative Party said it would maintain the council tax cap, seek cross-party consensus on social care reform and toughen powers to tackle illegal traveller encampments. Announcing the delayed provisional local government finance settlement is understood to be high on the agenda too.

Chairman of the Local Government Association, Cllr James Jamieson, said it was 'absolutely vital' for the provisional settlement to be published before the Parliamentary Christmas recess to give councils the 'certainty and time they need to plan how to provide the vital local services our communities rely on next year'. Chief executive of the LGiU think-tank, Jonathan Carr-West, added: 'Local authority finances are in a dire state after a decade of cuts with councils up and down the country struggling to keep basic statutory services going.

Councils are currently left in limbo with no clear indication as to how they will be funded from the end of next year and no certainty as to when a financial settlement for the year ahead will be confirmed.'

Full article:

The MJ - Devolution revolution expected after Johnson wins

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