CCN in the Press: Local Government Finance Settlement (January 2016)

CCN News 2016 | 28 January 2016

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CCN has been working hard on behalf of its members to make an evidence-based case to Government highlighting how the provisional Local Government Finance Settlement will impose disproportionate reductions in funding on county areas, particularly in 2016/17 & 2017/18.

Since the publication of the consultation, CCN’s position and associated comments have been covered directly or referenced on TV, trade press and some local press. A number of these are highlighted below:


Cllr Paul Carter, CCN Chairman, BBC Sunday Politics South East (from 38:12)

Trade Press

Tories fear financial threat of local-central ‘disconnect’, MJ

This was not a ‘good settlement’ for local government, LGC

Local Government Funding Settlement ‘threatens future of county services’, Local Government Executive

Government in ‘listening mode’ over counties distribution distress, LGC

MPs call for revamp of finance figures, MJ

County councils warn non-statutory services could end amid funding squeeze, Public Finance

County cuts could signal end of services, say council leaders, LocalGov

Funding cuts could end non-statutory services, county councils warn, Government Business

A call for clarity, MJ

Counting the pennies, MJ

Fears raised as uncertainty clouds funding settlement, MJ

Ministers “not realistic” about impact of cuts, say county chiefs, Local Government Executive

Counties and mets fight over settlement, MJ

Fury over Whitehall’s failure to consult on funding formula, MJ

‘Agree, or I’ll set a plan,’ says Clark, MJ

Local Press

County council says £303m cuts ahead, Lancashire Evening Post & Yorkshire Evening Post

Rural residents face unwelcome hike in council tax, Tavistock Today & Oakhampton Times