Jim McMahon, a former leader of Oldham Borough Council, said the public would face ‘a council-tax bombshell’ in 2020 [Image: Christopher Thomond for the Observer].

The government is being accused of trying to bypass parliament with legislation giving the communities secretary executive power to allocate local government funding for services without a vote in the Commons.

The move would make councils, rather than the government, directly accountable for a £5.8bn shortfall that threatens to plunge social-care services into total crisis.

Labour MP Jim McMahon, the shadow local government minister, said he believed the changes were an attempt by the government to avoid scrutiny of funding shortfalls and to make councils take ownership of unpopular cuts to services such as the crisis-stricken social-care system.

Source: Ministers move to ‘shift blame for funding cuts to local councils’ | Society | The Guardian

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