Greg Clark, the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, has announced a new settlement with local councils which give them greater financial freedom.
The changes will allow local councils to set their budgets four years ahead with extra money being made available for social care in the community.
In a statement to the House of Commons Clark said:
“These are important times for local government. The devolution of power and resources from Whitehall is gathering momentum.
Today’s settlement means every council will have, for the financial year ahead, at least the resources allocated by the provisional settlement. In addition, we will provide transitional funding for the first 2 years of the Spending Review period for councils as they move from dependence on central government grants to greater financial autonomy.
The government will continue to keep bills down with Council Tax still expected to be lower in real terms in 2019 to 2020 than it was in 2009 to 2010″.
Jon Trickett, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, rejected the claims and said:
“It reminds me of nothing more than someone speeding along the road into a disaster who then says ‘I will take my foot off the accelerator’ without changing the destination. Because local government is facing a disaster”.