The leader of a Norfolk council has warned inflation and the costs of dealing with homelessness risks pushing local authorities "to the brink".

Mike Stonard, leader of Labour-controlled Norwich City Council, wrote to chancellor Jeremy Hunt demanding a fair deal in Wednesday's autumn statement - where the government sets out its spending priorities.

Norwich Evening News: Chancellor Jeremy HuntChancellor Jeremy Hunt (Image: PA)

Mr Stonard said increased costs, due to inflation, were putting pressure on City Hall budgets.

He said costs of tackling homelessness were increasing amid the cost-of-living crisis and that the sudden closure of asylum hotels put more pressure on local authorities, who have a responsibility to house refugees in need.

Mr Stonard said: "Government funding cuts have been unfairly targeted at areas like Norwich since 2010.

Norwich Evening News: Mike Stonard, leader of Norwich City CouncilMike Stonard, leader of Norwich City Council (Image: Copyright Archant Norfolk 2016)

“Unfunded pressures are pushing council finances to the brink. The government should take responsibility for funding local services, rather than once again forcing councils to increase council tax bills.

"The chancellor must use the autumn statement to deliver the fair deal for Norwich that we deserve."

A number of councils have got into financial difficulties recently, although leaders at County Hall recently said Norfolk County Council is not at risk of bankruptcy.