Spending Smarter: A Shared Commitment

January 1, 1900

The previous Parliament was a time of great challenge and opportunity for local government – and now the expectation is that the next five years are likely to follow a similar course. Since 2010, councils have dealt with a 40 per cent real terms reduction to their core government grant. In adult social care alone, funding reductions and demographic pressures have meant dealing with a £5 billion funding gap. Even in this challenging context, local government continued to deliver. Public polling has shown that roughly 80 per cent of those surveyed are satisfied with local services and that more than 70 per cent of respondents trust councils more than central government to make decisions about services provided in the local area – a trend that has been sustained during the last five years.1 Since 2010, councils have made significant efforts to minimise the impact of funding reductions. However, this hasn’t been without cost:

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Official LinkedIn page for the state of Oregon. Oregon is a state in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States. It is located on the Pacific coast, with Washington to the north, California to the south, Nevada on the southeast and Idaho to the east. The Columbia and Snake rivers delineate much of Oregon's northern and eastern boundaries, respectively.

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