“Councils ‘in the dark’ over future funding amid cash warnings”

“Councils in England and Wales have warned they are “completely in the dark” about how much money they will get from central government next year.
The Local Government Association says councils need “urgent guarantees” they will get enough to provide key services like child protection and social care.

More than 90 of its members fear they will run out of money to meet their legal obligations within five years.

Ministers said councils had been given extra funding for vulnerable residents.

The Department for Housing, Communities and Local Government said total funding for local authorities had gone up by nearly 3% this year to £46.4bn, with an extra £650m to help councils provide care for the elderly….”