The government has provided more funding, but the sector may struggle to address unmet need in the face of rising costs and competing priorities.
The sector faces workforce shortages alongside increasing demands; with referrals at pre-pandemic levels and an increasingly complex caseload.
Neighbourhood services – libraries, road maintenance, and waste collection – entered the pandemic with reduced or changed amenities.
The local government system varies in many ways between the four nations of the UK. We explain the structure and political balance in each nation.
How local government is funded in England and how it has changed since 2010.
What is a section 114 notice, and why have councils been issuing more of them recently?
England’s most deprived areas were hit by the largest local authority spending cuts during a decade of austerity.
What data is available on children’s centres and youth services, and how government might overcome the barriers they face improving this data.
The chancellor presented his autumn statement alongside the latest forecasts from the independent Office for Budget Responsibility.
Chronic short-termism is harming service performance in key public services.
The government should take action on systematic failures in local government finance.