LEGAL COMMENT: Spending Review 2019 - Local Authorities

During the Government's spending review on Wednesday, Chancellor Sajid Javid announced that local councils will get £1.5bn for social care next year…

During the Government's spending review on Wednesday, Chancellor Sajid Javid announced that local councils will get £1.5bn for social care next year “to help stabilise the system”. A 2% council tax precept will be used to raise £500m.

Simon Goacher, partner and head of local government at Weightmans LLP comments:

“The £1.5 billion announced by the Chancellor for councils to spend on social care next year is a welcome step. However, without the much-anticipated green paper on social care, we do not have a strategy showing how this money would be used to effectively improve adult social care provision in the long-term or address the increasing demand for care and support.

“More broadly, the overall departmental spending increase on local government promised by Mr Javid falls well below what councils are telling us is needed to maintain the delivery of critical front-line services in their communities.

“The one year timeframe of the spending round also fails to deliver certainty at a time when it’s sorely needed. Local authorities are expected to be self-funded by 2020 yet we still have little detail as to how this would work in practice.”

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