EXCLUSIVE: Gove allows under-pressure councils to drop services

By Dan Peters | 27 January 2022

Under-pressure councils can drop some non-statutory services if they need to cope with coronavirus workforce pressures, local government secretary Michael Gove has conceded.

In a letter to the sector last week, Mr Gove said he recognised that councils faced ‘increased short-term pressures’ due to staff absences and accepted that local authorities may need to prioritise.

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