Financial sustainability and the impact of funding reductions on local authorities 2014


Below are two reports from the National Audit Office

Financial sustainability of local authorities 2014* from the National Audit Office

An extract ‘Local authorities have coped well with reductions in government funding, but some groups of authorities are showing clear signs of financial stress. The Department for Communities and Local Government has a limited understanding of authorities’ financial sustainability and the impacts of funding cuts on services, according to the National Audit Office. ……………..’

The Impact of Funding Reductions on Local Authorities* from the National Audit Office

An extract ‘Local authorities have coped well with reductions in government funding, but some groups of authorities are showing clear signs of financial stress. The Department for Communities and Local Government has a limited understanding of authorities’ financial sustainability and the impacts of funding cuts on services, according to the National Audit Office………………’

While this is not a coment on the details of the reports, by viewing each report you will see how the National Audit Office appears to respond to managing its costs. As it appears the same report is being used in each instance, so it is two reports for the cost of one.

As to what it is saying, just what is it saying?  Starts by saying ‘ Local authorities have coped well…’, then goes on to say ‘some groups of authorities are showing clear signs of Financial stress….’ then further states ‘The department for Communities and Local Government has a limited understanding of authorities..’

So what is it, are they coping well or have clear signs of financial stress, I would say the latter. But then it is correct to say the Dept for Communities and Local Government do have a limited understanding of authorities, or should it be no understanding?

For many authorities the Government austerity cuts are having a massive impact on local authorites and many essential services are being seen to be suffering, as are the persons who rely on these services.

Enough is enough the funding for essential services as to be safeguarded and the Government needs to understand this and act accordingly, for at the momment it appears they do not care.

 

* Contains public sector information licensed under the Open Government Licence v3.0.

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