Budget Reactions from Local Government


There was some good news in the budget for local government. The Chancellor gave some money to fill in potholes. Adult social care saw an injection of £650 million. There was also cash given to regenerate the High Streets.

So there have been a few early Christmas presents. However, instead of these headline grabbing measures, the government needs to seriously address the long-term systematic funding problems being experienced.

Council finances are generally in such a parlous state that any extra money is welcome, but trying to plug holes in a few specific areas is not a long-term solution.

The Chancellor’s room for manoeuvre in the budget was always going to be limited but what we saw was a government waking up to a financial crisis in local authority services but with no real idea what to do about it.