Published on Friday, 18th October 2019

 

While we won’t know for sure until December just how much government money local authorities will receive next year, Whitehall’s consultation document gives the game away.

 

The proposal is for most grants to remain the same in real terms, but with a big increase in funding for social care, worth £5.4m for Portsmouth (or around 7% of spending in real terms). On top of that, councils will again be allowed to charge an extra 2% on council tax for social care, as well as a regular 2% increase.

 

This represents by far the most generous government settlement in a decade. In two of the four years when I did a lot of work on the council’s budget, we had to shrink total spending by over 10% in a single year.

 

The key thing now is that this money is not wasted and that taxes aren’t raised unnecessarily.

Tags: Budget