Fears over council funding gap

The Local Government Association (LGA) has warned that councils in England are facing an £8 billion funding gap by 2025.

Metro reported that, according to the LGA, by 2020 councils will have lost 60p out of every £1 that was provided by government grants in 2010.

This means that community services such as museums, school crossing patrols, anti-graffiti measures and litter bins may be scaled back or cut as councils are not legally obliged to provide them.

Metro noted that ‘cuts to rural bus services are likely continue, with free travel passes for school students aged over 16 also axed’. LGA chairman Lord Porter said: ‘If the Government fails to adequately fund local government then it will be our local communities and economies who will suffer the consequences...those who value clean streets, green spaces and roads fit for purpose.’

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