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

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Harris, Tom; Hodge, Louis; Phillips, David
Institute for Fiscal Studies
Date of publication
13 November 2019
Social Policy, Housing and Homelessness, Social Work, Social Care and Social Services
Social welfare
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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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