Jonathan Carr-West, Chief Executive, LGIU said:
“Councils are deeply involved in the cost of living crisis. They have a duty to nurture and support the small businesses that make thriving high streets and vibrant places. They support families and individuals who are struggling to get by. They are there to pick up the pieces when things go wrong. And, of course, public services are also affected by rising energy costs and rising employer’s National Insurance contributions.
“Any measures that alleviate rising costs for businesses or for families are good news for local government. It’s right that the Chancellor acknowledged that councils are best placed to help those in their areas who need it most and put more money into the household support fund.
“However, local government will be concerned that the headline measures in today’s Spring Statement (a reduction in fuel duty and a rise in the national insurance threshold) will fail to reach the exact households that local government provides the most support to.”
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