At party conference in October we announced the:
Scrapping of the cap on the amount councils can borrow against their Housing Revenue Account (HRA) assets.
Banning combustible cladding systems on certain types of buildings and the creation of a New Homes Ombudsman to champion home buyers and hold developers to account.
A £200 million fund to divert young people from crime.
Monday’s Budget was one of the most positive for local government for many years, demonstrating that the Government recognises councils are under financial pressure and uniquely placed to deliver local services for their communities. I welcome the following key announcements:
- An additional £240 million in 2018/19 and £240 million in 2019/20 for adult social care. The Budget provides a further £410 million in 2019/20 for adults and children’s social care.
- £420 million for local authorities to tackle potholes, repair damaged roads and invest in keeping bridges open and safe.
- £400 million this year for schools in England to spend on their equipment and facilities.
- A £675 million Future High Streets Fund.
- A £84 million fund spread over five years for up to 20 local authorities to help more children to stay at home safely with their families.
- A further £500 million for the Housing Infrastructure Fund to unlock 650,000 homes.
- The allocation of £200 million of previously announced funding to supercharge the rollout of full fibre broadband in rural areas.