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SIGOMA Chair responds to the King's Speech

Posted on November 08, 2023

Cllr Sir Stephen Houghton, Chair of the Special Interest group of Municipal Authorities (SIGOMA) said:

Today’s King’s Speech contained nothing for local government at a time when council finances are at breaking point, and local authorities are crying out for the devolved powers and funding to deliver crucial housing, transport, and net zero projects essential to “levelling up".

"We are witnessing a record number of local authorities facing S114 - putting vital services at risk in dozens of councils. Our members were desperate for some answers and assurances in today's announcement. It is now essential that the Government use the upcoming Autumn Statement to stabilise council finances – a vital last opportunity to help support our members”.

Read our comments in the LGC, LocalGov News and Local Government Lawyer.