Relationship with Central Government

The 2018 National Audit Office report - The Sustainability of Local Authority Finances  - provides an excellent if depressing introduction to this subject.  Its key points are:

The problem came into sharp focus during the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic when it became clear that local authorities did not have the resources they needed to respond to so many concurrent challenges.  One report noted that "even with a rise of nearly 3.99 per cent every year to individual bills - just below the maximum permitted by central government - Liverpool council has 63 per cent less to spend annually than it did in 2010".

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