Cllr Judith Blake, leader of Leeds City Council and Chair of Core Cities UK, said:
“The Autumn statement does not go nearly far enough to addressing some of the UK’s basic inequalities.
"Once again this Government has failed to take decisive action to address rapidly escalating demand for social care services. Without intervention it is local authorities that will be left shouldering the burden and our NHS will be pushed to the edge as it approaches its busiest time of the year.
"As Core Cities we are committed to continuing to deliver high quality public services for our citizens. However, we need Government action if those services are to have a sustainable future.
"Core Cities UK represents the cities at the centre of the ten biggest urban areas outside London, responsible for delivering 25% of the UK economy, and home to 19 million people.
"We welcome the commitment to investment in the big cities outside London – and importantly also in their surrounding areas – including the Northern Powerhouse strategy. We also welcome the Chancellor’s focus on productivity in regional cities.
"Investment in infrastructure, particularly in housing, will be well received given the vital role that plays in driving economic growth. However, the complexity of funding arrangements, which involve at least five different government funds, does raise some concern about ease of accessibility. I can assure Government that cities would be prepared to step up to play a stronger role in joining funds up locally to increase efficiency.
"In our submission to the Autumn Statement, we made an offer to government to work with them on all the above issues. Our hope is that they will now accept this offer."