Published: 29th May 2019

Overall council spending on planning and housing services in England has more than halved in the last 10 years, according to a new report. The report by the Institute for Fiscal Studies claims spending on planning and development and housing services fell by more than 50% between 2009 and 2018, as local authorities in England found themselves under renewed pressure to deal with rising demand for social services and cuts to central government funding. According to the report, overall spending on local services fell by 21% during the 10 years. Spending on cultural and leisure services and highways and transport have also seen cuts of more than 40% over the same period. The report also warns that any income local authorities receive from council tax and business rates is highly unlikely to keep pace with rising demands and costs for public services. For example, the report states that even if … (To read the full article, subscribe below)