Budget 2021: Representation from the District Councils’ Network
The Covid-19 pandemic has intensified and accelerated the financial pressures faced by district councils following a decade of austerity. The pandemic has created a perfect storm– with districts facing additional cost pressures, the collapse of income streams, and the impact of the wider economic challenges in their area.
The impact of the January 2021 lockdown will put even more pressure on already stretched budgets and teams.
We recognise that the overall package of financial support provided by the Government for districts so far has been substantial, but there’s a long road ahead, and districts are particularly severely impacted.
In this submission we set out our asks of government for the months and years ahead.