The Municipal Journal reports (£):
"The Local Government Association (LGA) has been dealt a severe blow to its finances in the Budget, with the news its funds will be slashed by £2.2m in less than two weeks' time. The Association’s top-slice cash - the money that comes directly from central government grant - was due to be cut by £1.5m in 2014-15. However, yesterday communities secretary Eric Pickles informed LGA chairman Sir Merrick Cockell of a more severe budget cut - of a further £2.2m - to come into force on 1 April this year."
What they don't tell their readers is that even with this cut there will still be, in the coming financial year of 2013/14, £25.5 million of our money handed over to the LGA from the Department for Communities and Local Government. Then as Council Taxpayers we get clobbered again by the cost of the hefty membership subs paid by each local authority (except Bromley.)
Under the Labour Government even more was wasted - around £35 million a year went to the LGA "family" of various offshoots that have now been consolidated.
But how can Mr Pickles possibly justify continuing any funding at all? £25 million is certainly a modest amount compared to the central Government grant to local authorities - which is about £24 billion. So 0.1% might not seem much - but it might make the difference between Council Tax being put up or not. It might make the difference between the grants budget to voluntary groups going up or down, or whether a library or children's centre stays open or closes.