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Local government: Liverpool in crisis

Liverpool’s Pier Head. Photo Workers.

Liverpool’s mayor, Joe Anderson, has said that Liverpool City Council is facing its “worst financial crisis since the Second World War,” with central government having driven a 63 per cent fall in the local authority’s budget since 2010. 

Council leader Richard Kemp said “the fact is that this council suffers like others from a year-by-year approach to finance from central government,” and asked: “If the government can agree 40 year plans for financing nuclear submarines why can't we regularly have a three- or five-year funding settlement?” 

The council has a projected shortfall of £25 million for 2020/21.