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Local government & the Welsh budget: Outlook and challenges for the next Welsh Government

Sion, Cian ORCID: and Ifan, Guto 2021. Local government & the Welsh budget: Outlook and challenges for the next Welsh Government. [Technical Report]. Wales Fiscal Analysis. Available at:

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COVID-19 has presented a series of unique challenges for local authorities. Not only has it required increased expenditure on existing – as well as new – responsibilities, but it has also constrained local authorities’ own revenue-raising capacity. In 2020−21, most of these costs were met through the Welsh Government’s Single Hardship Fund; but from April 2022, government spending is once again set to become more restrained. This report outlines the sources and scale of local authority sending pressures over the next five years. It identifies a gap between the projected path of funding for local authorities and the levels of expenditure required to meet future spending pressures on current UK spending plans. The possibility that the next Welsh Government may be under pressure to divert a considerable sum of additional resources to the NHS to meet the legacy costs of COVID-19 means that this funding gap could be considerable

Item Type: Monograph (Technical Report)
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Cardiff Law & Politics
Wales Governance Centre (WGCES)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HJ Public Finance
Publisher: Wales Fiscal Analysis
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 20 January 2023
Last Modified: 06 Jul 2023 01:21

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