A bit worrying to be working in local government going in to the new year:
Government announces further 6.7% local authority cuts
Councils will be subjected to two years of further cuts from April after Greg Clark, local government secretary, announced that town hall spending will fall by 6.7% between 2016 and 2020. Critics said measures designed to offset the cuts would raise too little and come too late to address the immediate social care crisis, and warned they would not prevent an estimated £3.5bn shortfall in social care funding opening up by the end of the decade. The government said councils would be given the option of a four-year funding settlement to give them financial certainty as the proportion of money they receive from central government shrinks over the next four years and they become solely reliant on funds raised locally through council tax and business rates. The government has been accused of unfairly targeting northern urban councils, historically more reliant on central government support, as grants to rural councils will rise. Financial Times, Page: 4 The Guardian, Page: 18 Yorkshire Post, Page: 4 The Sun, Page: 2
2016 is going to be a challenging year for many, lets hope the cuts don’t run too deep…..
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