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DCN responds to government spending round

Houses of Parliament and Portcullis House from Westminster Bridge

DISTRICT COUNCILS RESPOND TO SPENDING ROUND ANNOUNCEMENT

Responding to the funding announcements in today’s Spending Round, Cllr John Fuller OBE, Chairman of the District Councils Network said:

“This is the most generous settlement for councils in a decade who have been working hard in every street up and down the country to do more with less.

“Too often councils have been down the pecking order and today’s Spending Round is a welcome recognition that district services, such as housing, bins, high streets and more, are rightly valued equally as highly as the police, teachers and health service.

“The funding for adult social care, while not going to districts, is welcome and should also allow councils to work more creatively to reduce demand and prevent problems before they happen.

“We are also pleased to see the continuation of the New Homes Bonus which will allow us the certainty to invest in infrastructure alongside the building of new homes.

“Despite today’s announcement, councils still face significant financial challenges in continuing to provide the local leadership our residents deserve. We look forward to continuing to work with government ahead of the next Spending Review, to make sure district councils get the long-term funding certainty they need to build stronger economies and enable people to lead better lives.”

ENDS

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