Squeeze on local government funding will hamper local economic growth

18 December 2013

Responding to the Local Government Settlement issued today to Local Authorities by the Department for Communities and Local Government, Tom Stannard, NIACE Director of Communications and Public Affairs, said:

“We are concerned about the impact on learning and skills of any further squeeze on local government funding, which was signalled in the Spending Review and Autumn Statement. A key priority in the present circumstances is securing a role for the skills system in alleviating unemployment and creating jobs.

“In this regard, many councils are working actively to develop partnerships with local employers and learning providers, helping to fill skills gaps and working with them to tailor training to local need.

“Further pressure on local government funding is likely to risk the effectiveness of this important work in localities, and therefore potentially hamper local economic growth.”