Fundamental change ahead for local authorities

By: Guy Clifton, Head of Local Government Advisory, Grant Thornton UK LLP
Published: Friday, October 24, 2014 - 11:46 GMT

Local authorities are facing unprecedented challenges over the medium term, including those relating to austerity and central government funding reductions, demographic pressures and technological change.

So far local government has continued to deliver and withstand these challenges, but there are growing concerns that the current approach may not ensure the long-term sustainability of some local authorities.

The Local Government Association (LGA) anticipates a £14.4 billion shortfall in the funding required in 2019/20, and it asserts that 60% of councils will no longer be able to meet the budget…

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