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Autumn statement: what will be the fate of local government?

Wednesday's announcements came down harder on councils around the country than on the rest of the public sector

By Alexandra Jones  

How can towns like Blackpool survive? © John Giles/PA Archive/PA Images

Much of the public sector will have breathed a sigh of relief yesterday at Spending Review cuts that, while certainly tough, were by no means on the scale many had predicted.

Not local government leaders, however—who are faced with soaring demand for social care on top of a 56 per cent cut to the local government central grant over this Parliament. Despite some welcome announcements in the shape of…

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