Our responses to the Autumn Statement
Our representation to Government
London Councils welcome the opportunity to make a representation to Government ahead of the 2016 Autumn Statement. Read the full submission to Government.
A changing situation
The political and economic situation has changed since Budget 2016 in the wake of the EU referendum result in June. London has a new Mayor and there is a new Prime Minister. Different economic and political solutions during this period of uncertainty may therefore be appropriate for the capital.
Continued pressures on public finances
Notes: Core funding is formula grant between 2010-11 and 2012-13, and SFA from 2013-14 onwards; Spending Power is the government’s varying definitions of “Revenue Spending Power” up to 2015-16, and its new definition of “Core Spending Power” from 2016-17 onwards.
Spending Review 2015 outlined disproportionate cuts to local government: a real terms cut to core funding (Settlement Funding Assessment, SFA) of 37 per cent over the next four years. By 2020 that will have fallen by 63 per cent in real terms.
Social care pressures in London
The funding challenge in adult social care is one of the biggest facing London local government over the Spending Review period. London is also experiencing almost double the rate of population growth compared. Read more about the pressures on adult social care in London
We welcome the Government's commitment to devolution. London has a unique set of public service challenges - delivering services to a complex and rapidly growing population while being a major driver of economic growth for the UK. It also has unique governance arrangements. London needs the ability to fund and manage services in different ways from other parts of the country. Fiscal devolution and business rates reform are key asks as part of a devolution deal
The UK system of Government is one of the most centralised in the developed world, with power and funding concentrated in Westminster and Whitehall. The pressures of funding reductions and rising demand mean the Government must find different ways to deliver services with less funding. Learn more about the case for devolution