Cllr David Finch, Leader of Essex County Council, said: “The settlement is even more dismal than expected. We are going to be around £50m worse off in grant cuts. This is going to be incredibly tough on Essex residents, and will mean difficult decisions ahead for the Council.
“Whilst the announcement of a four year settlement is positive as it provides authorities with more certainty over their finances, the overall picture is one of large cuts and difficult choices to come.
“The result of the settlement will mean over £140m in grants cut by 2019/20. In addition no money is being made available to meet the challenge of social care support, or the impact of the National Living Wage, meaning in 2017/18 we will have lost up to £100m in grants, whilst also facing an additional cost of £40m.
“It is particularly disappointing that not only is the Government cutting spending, but it has also looked to redistribute grants away from Councils like Essex, despite us facing some of the biggest challenges affecting the most vulnerable in society such as Social Care provision. That money could and should enable us to meet this need, but is being re-routed and the burden of that funding dumped onto local people.”
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