Core Cities UK Expresses Approval of HSF Extension

Cities in Wales (Credits: Cities of Making)

After concerted lobbying efforts by Core Cities UK and other stakeholders in local government, there is a collective sigh of relief as the Chancellor announces an extension of the Household Support Fund (HSF).

This development is a positive step, albeit a temporary one, and it is hoped that the government will consider further extensions and review the tapering mechanism should the cost of living crisis persist.

The HSF has proven to be a vital tool in providing emergency assistance and supporting councils in addressing the sharp increase in poverty and hardship witnessed in recent years across our cities.

UK Cities (Credits: Connected Places Catapult)

However, it is viewed as a short-term fix for a more profound, longer-term issue. While today’s news is welcomed, it is recognized that it falls short of addressing the need for a comprehensive, long-term strategy to alleviate poverty and ensure sustainable growth that benefits all.

Today’s Budget does not mask the stark reality of the significant reductions planned in public services. These cuts will only exacerbate the local government funding crisis, ultimately costing the Treasury more in the future. The Core Cities stress the importance of addressing these issues to ensure a more stable and prosperous future for all citizens.

The Core Cities have a comprehensive plan to unlock their full potential and drive sustainable economic growth across the UK. This plan aims to benefit all citizens and address the root causes of poverty and inequality.

They are eager to engage in discussions with the government to explore how they can collaborate to achieve these ambitious goals.

The extension of the HSF is a step in the right direction, but it is clear that more needs to be done. The Core Cities emphasize the importance of a holistic approach to tackling poverty and promoting inclusive growth. They advocate for policies that address the underlying causes of poverty, rather than simply providing temporary relief.

The Core Cities also stress the need for greater collaboration between local and national governments to ensure that policies are effective and sustainable. They believe that by working together, they can develop innovative solutions to complex challenges and create a more prosperous future for all.

While the extension of the HSF is a positive development, it is just one piece of the puzzle. The Core Cities are committed to working with the government to develop a comprehensive strategy to address poverty and promote inclusive growth. They are confident that by working together, they can build a more prosperous future for all citizens.

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