LGA respond to settlement

Published on Friday, 09 December 2011 11:04
Posted by Scott Buckler

Responding to the Local Government Finance Settlement announced today Sir Merrick Cockell, Chairman of the Local Government Association, said

"Today's settlement announcement confirms that local government continues to bear the brunt of public spending cuts in this Spending Review period. The Autumn Statement proposes that cuts will continue at least until 2017. Local government is finding the savings demanded by Whitehall through tough choices and major reform. Whitehall departments can learn much from our record as they try to achieve their lower targets.

"As with our opposition to capping, it should be for local people to determine whether they find a suggested council tax increase "excessive", rather than Whitehall decreeing what constitutes "excessive" from the centre. If local referendums are to be truly localist, they should be triggered by local people.

"Local government is the most efficient and trusted part of the public sector.  Every day, local authorities deliver vital services that people rely on and they do the best job they can within their means."


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