Santa or the Grinch? No quick fix for fail finances

By Heather Jameson | 29 November 2023

Nobody expected the chancellor’s Autumn Statement to solve all of local government’s woes – but yet again we’re left looking at a major fiscal event that failed to address a fundamental truth: local government funding is broken.

That is not to say there was absolutely nothing in the statement. The good news included unfreezing the Local Housing Allowance – providing some respite for councils drowning under the weight of homelessness issues, particularly in high-cost urban areas.

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