Council tax increases not enough to curb cuts

Council Chief and LGA Chairman Lord Porter has warned that services will continue to be cut back despite proposed council tax increases.

As local councils are in the midst of setting their budgets and tax levels, the Local Government Association (LGA) has warned that potential tax hikes will not be enough to address the £5bn funding gap the sector will face by 2020. The LGA has calculated that general council tax increases proposed by 71% of councils will generate £584m for local services in 2018/2019, but will be undermined by the £1.4bn lost in core central government funding this year. It is therefore imperative that local councils seek other means of revenue generation and ways to find efficiency gains. Read more here

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