LGA - Local Government Association

11/17/2023 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 11/16/2023 18:15

LGA responds to NAO report on levelling up funding

The LGA responds to the National Audit Office report on levelling up funding to local government.

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17 Nov 2023

Responding to a National Audit Office report on levelling up funding to local government, Cllr Martin Tett, Chairman of the Local Government Association's People and Places Board, said:

"Levelling up has great potential to transform people's lives and livelihoods, with councils best placed to make this happen.

"Inflation and rising construction costs, along with wider supply and skills shortages, have all contributed towards projects being delayed. The Government has made important steps towards providing greater flexibilities on how councils can spend their existing funding and streamlining the long list of local funding pots.

"We want to see a greater push towards place-based investment and the continued move away from the competitive allocation of short-term funding pots. We look forward to the next round of the Levelling Up Fund as evidence of the Government's progress in this area and continue to call for councils to be given the opportunity to realise the benefits of joined-up funding, to be made available to every part of the country."