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LGA responds to TPA report on council fees and charges

Cllr Claire Kober, Chair of the Local Government Association’s Resources Board, responded to a report by the TaxPayers’ Alliance on council fees and charges

“This report clearly shows that councils receive almost £500 million less in income from fees and charges than they did five years ago. Faced with escalating costs and unprecedented funding cuts since 2010, this is a tremendous effort by councils to keep fees and charges low for hard-pressed residents.

“The bigger picture is that councils face an overall £5.8 billion funding gap by 2020.

“Even if councils stopped filling potholes, maintaining parks and open spaces, closed all children’s centres, libraries, museums, leisure centres, turned off every street light and shut all discretionary bus routes they still would not have saved enough money to plug this gap by the end of the decade.”

Report:  Charges and fees and more charges and more fees

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