Rishi Sunak criticises local authorities for requesting steep council tax rises

Criticism comes as councils struggle to cope with shortfalls that have left several on brink of bankruptcy

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Councils in England are facing a widespread funding crisis after seeing their grant funding from central government fall by 40% from 2010 to 2020. Eight English councils, including Birmingham, Nottingham and Croydon, have issued so-called section 114 notices in recent years, in effect declaring themselves bankrupt.

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