How will councils cope with a loss of income?

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This 653 word blog post discusses findings from a new report by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS), funded by UK Research and Innovation, which looked at how financial risks and resilience varies between councils. The article also looks at whether the coronavirus crisis could force local authorities to cut back on essential services, including adult social care.

Written on 23 June 2020.

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Could the coronavirus crisis force local authorities to cut back on essential services, including adult social care.

Despite a central government pledge for an extra £3.2 billion of general-purpose funding to English councils, the financial situation at many local authorities looks pretty dire.

The central government funding pledge looks set to increase local council budgets by a little more than 5%, on average.