Annal Nayyar updates – Councils struggle to balance budgets, watchdog finds

Councils may have to consider decisions they had previously ruled out in order to balance their budgets.

In its annual report, the commission said councils are predicting substantial funding gaps over the next three years. Although it states that reserves held by local authorities have increased, more information is needed on why reserves are built up and what the council intends to do with them.

Chair of the Accounts Commission, John Baillie, said councils need to review existing service, as well as identifying new ways of providing them. He said: ‘This is a tall order, but there is a fresh appetite now from government and councils for new ways of working, such as more effective community planning.

‘Councillors are the centre of this and they have a crucial role in making sure their councils are delivering the best services for local people.’

The report also highlights the fact a third of councils had changed their chief executives in the last two years, and a third of councillors elected last May were new to local government.

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