Socitm responds to 'Funding outlook for councils'
Monday 2nd July 2012
The 'Funding outlook for councils from 2010/11 to 2019/20', published by the Local Government Association, makes an important contribution to the growing debate over the future of public services...
Having established the overall funding gap, the report sets out a scenario in which, assuming demand in social care and waste are fully funded, other services will face cash cuts of more than 66 per cent by the end of the decade. Furthermore, assuming that capital financing and concessionary fares are also funded in full, the modelled cash cut for remaining services rises to over 90 per cent. Given that local government is the most efficient part of the public sector and will maintain that record, the report makes the simple but compelling point that efficiency will not be enough to close the gap. Indeed, without money and reform, the report claims there will be no solution.