Local government is part of the fabric of our country. Councils are uniquely placed to help make a difference to people’s lives – from building desperately-needed homes, creating jobs and school places, to providing dignified care for elderly and disabled people and boosting economic growth.
But the money local government has to maintain these vital services that businesses rely on is running out fast. We estimate that councils in England face a funding gap of £8billion in 2024/25. This gap reflects the minimum funding needed to sustain existing services at current levels and does not assume bringing back services that have been cut or making significant service improvements.