West Yorkshire Mayor responds to Local Government Finance Settlement

Mayor of West Yorkshire Tracy Brabin has responded to the government's provisional Local Government Finance Settlement.

18 December 2023

Tracy Brabin, Mayor of West Yorkshire said:

"With West Yorkshire councils facing a quarter-of-a-billion-pound shortfall over the next year, the Government has today shown an alarming lack of awareness about the financial crisis facing local government.

“Next year’s finance settlement will barely touch the sides for town halls having to cope with the rising demand for services and increased staff costs, as well as the effects of 13 years of government cuts to council funding. 

"Councils have a legal responsibility to provide services that cost money and the Government has yet again shirked its responsibility to fund them fairly, pushing the pain onto the people who rely on those public services."

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