Councils face £3.3bn grant cut next year

David Sparks warned that councils face big cuts in funding

First published 00:16 Friday 26 June 2015 in National News © by Press Association 2014

Councils in England face cuts of £3.3 billion in central government funding next year, a new study has found.

The Local Government Association warned that councils will have to make “significant” savings on top of previous spending cuts.

Funding will continue to be reduced – by 11% in 2017/18 and 4% in 2018/19 before increasing by 7% in 2019/20, said the LGA.

The cuts will leave English authorities facing an estimated funding gap of of £9.5 billion by the end of the decade.

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