SIGOMA responds to the autumn statement

Posted on November 22, 2023

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

There were several elements to welcome in today’s statement, including the increase in Local Housing Allowance. However, with a 1% rise in spending on public services set for the coming years, unprotected departments like local government will face another round of damaging austerity, following the decade of cuts since 2010. It was disappointing to hear nothing of adult social care and children’s services, crucial services provided by councils that are currently under immense pressure. Without additional funding for local government, more councils will be pushed to the brink of financial viability.