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More than half a billion of “new” local government income unveiled in the spending round will be funded by cuts to council grants in 2015-16, it has emerged.
Councils have been forced to revamp their savings plans after early sight of their individual funding allocations revealed cuts as high as 16% in 2015-16.
Work to realise “rapid” productivity savings is to be prioritised by the LGA to help councils pushed to a financial “cliff edge” by the latest funding announcements.
England’s largest council has called on the government’s financial watchdog to reopen its inquiry into the way local government funding has been cut.
NHS England is predicting it will fall short of its efficiency savings target by 13% in this financial year - a much bigger gap than that expected by clinical commissioning groups.