Local councils play a vital role in our communities, providing the crucial services that people rely on every day.

I am delighted that the Government has confirmed that Walsall Council will have additional £15 million funding this year, which will help our local leaders make positive change in our area.

The latest Local Government Finance Settlement includes an additional £1.5 billion for social care nationally. When added to the existing social care package, local councils will now have access to over £5.5 billion of dedicated funding across adult and children’s social care in the next financial year 2020-21.

The Conservatives were elected on a promise to level up local communities across the whole country, and with this funding increase, we can start to do exactly that, ensuring everyone lives in a community they can be proud of.