Budget 2017 - PwC comments on the impact to local government
Published at 14:06 PM on 08 March 2017
Commenting on today's Budget, Jonathan House, PwC partner, said:
"Councils will welcome the short-term relief today's announcement offers for social care, but the reality is that quick fixes will not be a substitute for the long-term solutions needed to address both the financial pressures the health and care system is facing and local government funding more broadly.
"With council finances under pressure and social care dominating spending, councils will need to think radically about their future strategy and service models.
"The Chancellor’s announcement that the government will explore further options for the funding of social care is welcome. This can’t be an issue that is kicked into the long grass. PwC's latest research shows that in the long term, the balance of power needs to be shifted to local areas so they assume greater accountability for financing and control of services - passing down funds to a local level which can be spent in a tailored way by leaders who understand the problems facing their own areas."
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