Total standard spending next year will be less than councils will spend in 1993-94, writes LGC's finance correspond...
Total standard spending next year will be less than councils will spend in 1993-94, writes LGC's finance correspondent Richard Vize.
Chancellor Kenneth Clarke announced that TSS will rise by 2.3% next year, which will take it to around £42.115 billion and the capping limits expected to be announced on Thursday will now be critical in determining the level of spending cuts. In the summer the local authority associations told the government councils would spend £42.6bn this year, and needed to spend around £46.2 bn next year.
The Local Government Information Unit has pointed out that Treasury Secretary, Michael Portillo said earlier this year that 'an increase of 5.2% in TSS for 1994/95 is needed in order to protect local authority services'.