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'DIFFICULTIES REMAIN' FOR AFTER FINAL FINANCIAL SETTLEMENT COUNCIL LEADERS WARN

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Commenting on the implications of the final Local Government Financial Settlement*, the chairman of the Local Gover...
Commenting on the implications of the final Local Government Financial Settlement*, the chairman of the Local Government Association, Sandy Bruce-Lockhart said:-

'Councils have been championing the interests of local residents and are doing everything in their power to keep council tax as low as possible. But very real difficulties remain.

'The money given by central government to most councils was better than originally proposed. However, the settlement included no funding for demographic change such as the increasing number of vulnerable elderly people and more people with mental and physical disabilities requiring care.

'Although local government is delivering more efficiency savings than any other part of the public sector this has left very little room for many authorities to manoeuvre between higher council tax and service cuts.

'There is also the increasing demand such as rising volumes of waste and the rising costs of private sector street lighting, road maintenance, bus contracts, and new waste disposal contracts which are rising far higher than headline inflation rates.'

* The final financial settlement for local authorities was laid in the House of Commons by the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister today and is available here.

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