The analysis was carried out by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and published this week in a report commissioned by the County Council Network (CCN) which represents England’s 27 county councils and nine unitary authorities.
PwC used Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government (MHCLG) data to compile the report.
It found that spending on environmental and regulatory services in England accounted for 11% of total spending of local authorities in 2015/16 – the third highest area of spending by councils, next to adult and child social services.
By 2024/25, spending on environment and regulatory services – 40% of which is made up of waste disposal services – is expected to increase by 28%, PwC said. But local authorities would see their budget on environmental and regulatory services increase by 26% – around £350m – over the same period.
The analysis claims local authorities will need an additional £51.8bn in total, but even if councils increase council taxes to their maximum of 2.99%, a £30.2bn hole will still be opened up by 2024/25, PwC said.
CCN director Simon Edwards said the report laid bare the “stark reality facing the sector and severe financial challenges” now being felt by all types of councils.