Published: 21st Aug 2019

Council spending on housing and planning services has more than halved since 2010, according to a new report out today. The report by the cross-party housing, communities and local government committee warns a decade of funding cuts and continued uncertainty has left many council services at breaking point. It warns that the current social care system is ‘on verge of collapse’ as it struggles to cope with rising demand, leaving councils with few options other than to cut back on ‘non-essential’ services, like housing. In particular, the report notes that net expenditure on planning and housing services has more than halved since 2010, while net spending on cultural and leisure services is down more than 40%. The report also warns the situation is likely to be exacerbated by the government’s failure to set out plans for how councils will be funded after the end of this financial year (April 2020). … (To read the full article, subscribe below)