“The future of everyday services that are relied upon by our communities are at stake, such as schools, social care, environmental services, libraries, youth services and public protection.
“Councils are dealing with pressures on a scale never seen before. Inflation, soaring energy bills and other costs are squeezing essential services to the bone.
“As service demand soars due to the Cost of Living crisis, the Autumn Statement gives a chance for the UK government to invest in essential local services, so councils can help communities through the tough times. The alternative of further austerity risks the very future of these vital services.”