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Local government grants cut by more than a quarter

George Osborne announces 25 per cent cuts to local government grants

Councils are braced for a challenging four years after the Chancellor George Osborne announced cuts to the local government settlement of mroe than a quarter coupled with increasingly devolved powers over how to spend it.

The BBC policitcal editor commented: “The chancellor has just announced cuts in council spending by over a quarter over four years. He also announced that he was removing ring-fenced grants. It reminds me of the old Whitehall saying “Governments with money centralise and claim the credit; those without decentralise and spread the blame”.