28 November 2018
RESOLVED that this Council notes:
· -The unprecedented times that the country is facing and the job that local government is doing in providing local stability and leadership in these tumultuous times.
· The irreplaceable role that local councils play at the heart of communities, providing key public services that protect the most defenceless in society – children at risk, disabled adults and vulnerable older people – and the services we all rely on, like clean streets, libraries, and children’s centres.
· That some councils are facing serious financial challenges with disproportionate reductions in local council funding in comparison to the rest of the public sector.
· That councils had to spend an extra £800m last year to meet the demand on vital services to protect children and that, with an ageing population and growing demand, adult social care faces a funding gap of over £2 billion in the next financial year.
This Council further notes:
· That the Coalition Government and then the Conservative Government had to take difficult decisions to re-balance the nation’s accounts.
· The £1.3bn cut to Councils’ Revenue Support Grant that is due in 2019/20.
· That, according to a cross-party report by the Local Government Association, council services will face a funding gap of £3.9 billion in 2019/20, rising to £7.8 billion by 2024/25.
· That Gloucestershire County Council will receive an extra £10 million for Adult Social Care and road repairs this year.
This Council therefore resolves to write to the Chancellor of the Exchequer noting the funding issues facing local councils and the importance of the Government’s Fairer Funding Review in addressing them.
Response from Rishi Sunak MP - Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.