"This situation is simply unsustainable" - response to HCLG Select Committee report on council finances

  • By Gemma Kappala-R...

Responding to the Housing, Communities and Local Government Select Committee's report on 'Local government finance and the 2019 Spending Review', Cllr Peter John OBE, Chair of London Councils, said:

“London local government has endured a 63% reduction to core funding since 2010, while demand has risen and responsibilities have increased. This situation is simply unsustainable, as the latest report from the HCLG select committee shows.

“To solve the immediate funding crisis, the Spending Round must prioritise an urgent funding boosts for children’s social care and High Needs. In London that would mean an additional £300 million for local children’s services.

“Looking to the future, London Councils has long called for a sustainable funding settlement for local government, encompassing greater devolved powers and much-needed fiscal reform – including council tax reform.

“The committee’s support for this approach is hugely welcome, and we look forward to working with MPs and central government to ensure local councils can deliver for their communities in the years ahead.”