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UNISON has just released a new report called "Hand in the Till".

The report highlights the fact that since 2010, under current plans, £16bn will have been cut from central government support to local councils in England by 2019/20.

It also draws attention the growing surplus in the central share of Business Rates. The surplus is projected to grow by £1.8bn next year and reach £8.4bn. The report puts forward the simple proposal that in 2018/19, and in future years that growth in the government's share of Business Rates surpluses should be invested in local services and returned to local councils. It would result in billions of pounds being re-invested in local councils in England.

Nov 10, 2017