Written evidence submitted by Solace [SRF 006]


This submission is based on the views of Solace’s Policy Board, which consists of 26 serving local authority chief executives and senior managers. Solace is the representative body for more than 1,600 chief executives and senior managers working in the public sector in the UK, committed to promoting public sector excellence.

We have set out below evidence in relation to each of the four themes the Committee seeks to explore, in an order which reflects where we feel our contribution will add most value. The key points to note are:

We are happy to provide further oral or written evidence to the Committee and facilitate further engagement with senior officers at local authorities should that be useful for Committee members.

  1. What the financial challenges facing councils are as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, including lost income and local tax losses.


  1. The approach the Government should take to local government funding as part of the 2020 Spending Review and what the key features of that settlement should be.


  1. What the impact is of another one-year spending review and a further delay to a multi-year settlement and the Fair Funding Review.


  1. The current financial situation of councils, how this has affected their ability to deliver services and the demand for services, including Adult Social Care.

5.       Summary

9. Additional information


November 2020

[1] COVID-19 and English council funding: what is the medium-term outlook?

[2] Improving government’s planning and spending framework, NAO, November 2018

[3] Local government finance and the 2019 Spending Review

[4] Sustainable local services: A call to action, Solace, October 2018

[5] Local Government Finance: Review of Governance and Processes


[6] LGA: Councils can

[7] Local government funding: Moving the conversation on

[8] Financial sustainability of local authorities 2018

[9] Solace analysis, in conjunction with Local Government Chronicle, November 2018

[10] Revealed: Whitehall’s £6.8bn ‘penny packets’