Ready for the worst

22 October 2010
28 October | Helen Gilbert

A huge chunk of public sector spend is controlled by local authorities. Helen Gilbert looks at what can and should be done in the face of government belt-tightening

It’s finally here. The long-awaited Comprehensive Spending Review 2010 has arrived. Details were announced in Parliament a little over a week ago of overall savings in funding to councils of 7.1 per cent a year for four years. This was described by Chancellor George Osborne (pictured) as an “unavoidably challenging settlement”. But it’s not all doom and gloom.

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