UK Money

Warning of massive funding gap for local authorities

Increased social care costs will hit local government coffers

Local authorities in England have warned they are facing a £13 billion funding gap by the end of the decade following George Osborne's spending review, even if they raise council tax bills by almost £200 a family.

Victory for families in carers' benefit cap challenge

Ashley Hurley, 26, cares for her severely disabled grandmother Mary Jarrett, 72, in Peckham, south-east London (Hopkin Murray Beskine/PA)

A Government failure to exempt individual family carers in receipt of carer's allowance from the benefit cap amounts to "objectively unjustifiable indirect discrimination" and is not lawful, a High Court judge has ruled.