Stretched councils raid reserves to cope with social care, NAO warns

Stretched councils raid reserves to cope with social care, NAO warns
 

One in 10 councils with social care obligations will have exhausted their reserves within the next three years if the current rate of expenditure continues, according to findings by Whitehall’s spending watchdog.
A report by the National Audit Office found that local authorities in England are routinely raiding their “rainy day funds” to cope with an increase in demand on services.
The NAO said a growing number of these councils were managing to balance their books only by using financial reserves to cover overspends on social care services. It estimates that 10% of single tier and county... read more

 
8 March 2018 in Politics, Views: 72
Source: Guardian
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