English local government funding: trends and challenges in 2019 and beyond

Document type
Report
Author(s)
Harris, Tom; Hodge, Louis; Phillips, David
Publisher
Institute for Fiscal Studies
Date of publication
13 November 2019
Subject(s)
Social Policy, Housing and Homelessness, Social Work, Social Care and Social Services
Collection
Social welfare
Material type
Reports

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This report focuses on those revenue sources and spending areas over which county, district and single-tier councils exercise real control. Cuts to funding from central government have led to a 17% fall in councils’ spending on local public services since 2009–10, equal to 23% or nearly £300 per person. Local government has become increasingly reliant on local taxes for revenues. Councils’ spending is increasingly focused on social care services, now 57% of all service budgets.

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