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The pressure’s off?

6 December 2013

The Autumn Statement 2013 this week brought with it a whiff of positive news for some parts of the public sector, with the announcement that there will be no further cuts to local authority budgets. This is on the back of three years of huge and, in some cases, devastating, cuts within local government. Council leaders have expressed their pleasure that they are “being listened to”.

It doesn’t undo decisions taken in the last spending review which, according to the LGA, will mean that by 2015 local authorities will have lost one third of their budgets since the Coalition came into power. But it will allow councils to have confidence in the decisions that they are taking now and give some certainty to their financial plans for the next two financial years.

It has been widely acknowledged that until now local government has borne the lion’s share of public sector cuts. The Autumn Statement 2013 has confirmed that central government departments will now take their turn.

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