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LOCAL AUTHORITIES SPELL OUT SPENDING NEEDS

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The five associations representing English local authorities who met ministers yesterday based their case on a very...
The five associations representing English local authorities who met ministers yesterday based their case on a very detailed analysis of spending needs, service by service, identifying key pressures on budgets.

Many pressures arise as a direct result of government policies and requirements and from issues outside local authority control, they told the Consultative Council for Local Government Finance.

To keep up standards, authorities need to spend 2.9 % more than the current total council spending plus realistic provision for pay and prices.

Without additional money, councils and their communities could face:

Increasing class sizes; fewer nursery places; more demands on staff and schools helping children with special educational needs; deteriorating roads and fewer support services for elderly and disabled people.

Implementing the next phase of the government's policy on Care in the Community will cost £226m more than the government has allowed.

And the bill to be met by councils for benefits such as council tax rebates and rent allowances will total £650m.

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