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Vale Leader outlines serious concerns over council funding

on Wed, 25/09/2019 - 4:08pm

The Leader of Vale of White Horse District Council, Cllr Emily Smith, has written to Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP, Secretary of State for Housing, Communities & Local Government, to express serious concerns regarding the future funding of local government, particularly at district council level.

Between 2011 and 2018, the Vale experienced just over 20 per cent reduction in funding from the government.  Although the council has been able to plug the gap through savings this has now become increasingly difficult. 

While income has flatlined, costs continue to grow, however reforms promised for the local government finance system have been delayed by another year. 

District councils have also been told that New Homes Bonus is to come to an end, however they have not received any detail about how this important source of funding will be replaced.

Cllr Emily Smith, Leader of Vale of White Horse District Council, said: “The significant reduction in funding, combined with the total lack of clarity about future financing, has left local authorities such as the Vale in an increasingly precarious financial position.

“Based on what the Government has announced so far with regards future funding, the council is facing a funding gap which is predicted to increase to over £5.6 million by 2024.”

“Local government finance is now being pushed to the limit and the government must address this issue as a matter of urgency.”

To read Cllr Smith’s letter please download it here (161.5 KB) Word 97-2003  

From an article on the VoWHDC website; see the original <here>.