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13th March 2019

Spring Statement Response

Martin Reeves, Solace spokesperson for Local Government Finance, said: “We welcome the prospect of a three-year Spending Review and look forward to working with our partners to make the case for a more radical approach to the way councils are financed, including fiscal devolution and reform of local tax-raising mechanisms, so that the sustainability of local services can be secured.

“However, the Chancellor made clear this is subject to a Brexit deal being agreed in the next few weeks. If that does not happen and the three-year Spending Review does not go ahead as proposed, that will be hugely problematic for local government.

Local authorities are already in desperate need of long-term certainty about the level of funding they will receive and they need that information as soon as possible so that councils can make informed decisions about their budgets and avoid unnecessary cuts to vital services.”