Today the County Councils Network has launched a new report from PricewaterhouseCoopers which analyses the funding pressures facing local authorities by 2025.
Its headline findings, which reveal councils are facing a £51bn black hole over the next six years, was covered widely across the BBC, featuring on the prime-time 6pm BBC News, Radio 4, and online. Below, you can watch an overview of the report on the 6pm news. Click here to read the BBC’s online write-up.
CCN worked with Staffordshire County Council to showcase pressures on adult social care services, and the leader of the authority and CCN’s vice-chairman Cllr Philip Atkins was interviewed. Click below to watch a round-up of that piece, which features case studies making a powerful case for the importance of local adult social care services. The report reveals that adult social care will remain the largest funding pressure for councils; with local authorities projected to need to spend £6.1bn annually more than they were spending on the service in 2016. Counties are responsible for 47%, or £2.9bn, of that figure – illustrating that they are the most exposed to financial pressures in care services.
Below you can watch a video of CCN’s devolution spokesman Cllr Martin Hill being interviewed live on the BBC News Channel in the evening, discussing the report’s findings.
Today, there has been further coverage across the national media, including the Guardian, Independent, Metro, Huffington Post, alongside a comment piece in the Times by our Chairman and a opinion piece by our director Simon Edwards in the Huffington Post. We also have a range of articles and comment piece in in the trade media.
Importantly, the report has been publicly welcomed by other representative groups – including the Special Interest of Metropolitan Authorities and London Councils.
Below, watch an infographic summary of the report’s key arguments.